”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to [God] the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
Contrary to popular thought, there is only one way of man’s access to God and salvation. Many people today may find this statement offensive and narrow-minded since they are of the opinion that God would never turn anyone away for their wrong beliefs. But Jesus Himself declared it to be true. He said, “No one can come to God the Father except they come through Him.” According to the words of Jesus, you cannot get to God through any other mediator except Him. “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5
Whether they want to admit it or not, the majority of people today are Unitarians. They don’t want to be controversial or cause any waves. They just want to get along with everybody and be left alone to pursue their own personal agendas. Truth is divisive, therefore they avoid taking a stand for truth and steer clear of judging anyone on their moral behavior or religious beliefs.
Political Correctness & the heresy of Unitarianism.
Politicians, on the other hand, are more concerned with pleasing their constituents than they are with following the truth. They are afraid to offend their non-Christian voters (Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc.) by admitting that their religions are false. So, they buy into the heresy of Universalism where everybody is right and nobody is ever wrong. This aberration of orthodox Christian theology was founded in the 18th century and believes that all human beings will eventually be saved – regardless of their race, culture, nationality or religion. It is frequently taught by the liberal denominations today known as the Universalists or Unitarians (Unity churches).
Actually, this philosophy of universal salvation for all has been around for ages. Two thousand years ago, a typical politician by the name of Pontius Pilate, mocked Jesus at His trial by sarcastically asking Christ, “What is truth?” In other words, he was saying, “You think you’re the only one who has the truth? Everybody claims to have the truth. What makes you any different?” Pilate’s cynical question to Jesus proves that he really didn’t want to know the truth. He chose to be deliberately ignorant. That’s why Jesus never answered him.
Whether they want to admit it or not, the majority of people today are Unitarians. They don’t want to be controversial or cause any waves. They just want to get along with everybody and be left alone to pursue their own personal agendas. Truth is divisive, therefore they avoid taking a stand for truth and steer clear of judging anyone on their moral behavior or religious beliefs. As a matter of fact, their philosophy is that it really doesn’t matter what you believe, since God will ultimately reconcile the entire world to Himself. They deceive themselves into believing that everyone will be saved and no one will ever go to hell. In the end, everything will be “hunky-dory,” so why bother arguing about religious differences of opinions?
Yet, nothing could be further from the truth!
Over and over again, the Bible clearly warns us that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and one day mankind will stand before God and give account for their sins. They will be held accountable for every evil deed committed. Unless their names are written in God’s “Book of Life” through faith in Jesus Christ, they will be found guilty, individually condemned, and thrown into the lake of fire:
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened…The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” – Revelation 20:11-15
Does this sound like “universal salvation” for all?
Not at all! Every human being will stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment. If their names are found in the Book of Life, they will be saved. But if not, they will be eternally destroyed by the second death. Millions upon billions of souls who rejected Jesus Christ and died in their sins will not be universally saved, but universally lost. They will have no one to blame but themselves, for, during their lives, God gave them more than ample opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, receive the forgiveness of their sins, and have their names recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Man’s free moral agency & salvation
It is true that God wishes that none should perish, but He leaves this decision of choosing everlasting life, or everlasting death, up to every individual person. If they never chose to receive God’s free gift of salvation, they will have no excuse.
Salvation by good works.
Some people are trying to find salvation by their own good works (which is impossible). We must remember that we are fallen creatures and are flawed beyond repair. There is nothing we can do (on our own) to be good enough to merit our salvation. So, we must humble ourselves before God and plead for His mercy. We must admit our complete depravity before Him and need for His unmerited grace. ”We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” – Isaiah 64:6
Others have been deceived by false prophets and false messiahs into following a counterfeit religion. Just about every false religious system in human history has been started by someone who claimed to be God’s messenger and prophet. Nimrod, who led mankind’s rebellion against God at the Tower of Babel was the first of many false prophets and messiahs. Afterwards, Satan raised up scores of others throughout human history, such as Gautama Buddha (the founder of Buddhism), Muḥammad (the founder of Islam), Joseph Smith (the founder of Mormonism), and Charles Taze Russell ( the founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses), to name a few. Every single one has drawn people away from the truth faith into following their own religion and (supposed) alternate path to God. But Jesus knew these false religious leaders would come along, that’s why He warned us not to believe them but reject them. ”At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” – Matthew 24:23-24
A God of their own making.
Others, simply don’t like the God of the Bible, so they make up their own god. You often hear them say that their god is a god of love and never judges our evil motives and behavior. But, when we willingly reject God’s revelation of His true self as described in the Bible, and instead substitute our own concept of what God should be like, we are in effect, creating a false God of our own making, made after our image, and not His. This is idolatrous and fatal.
If we want to be sure we are worshipping the real Jehovah God and the real Jesus, His Son, we need a correct theology of what God is truly like. Otherwise, we become absolute fools who change the image of the true and living God into a false god made into the image of the corrupt mind of reprobate humans. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like unto corruptible man…” – Romans 1:21-29.
In conclusion, we must resist the prevailing mindset in our society today to be politically correct and “live and let live,” or “just try to go along with the flow.” True Christians cannot be silent or compromising about the message of Jesus Christ. All other Christs are false prophets and deceivers, blind leaders of the blind. Jesus is the only way to God and salvation. Yes, the way of salvation is narrow and there are few that ever find it. But, let’s not apologize about it, for we must never be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to all who believe and will be saved.
– Luis Josephus
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“When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who do evil.’ There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.”
“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
”For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”