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How To Get To Heaven

June 25, 2008

Apparently, the church in America today needs to do a better job of preaching the message of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.

A study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released Monday revealed that 57% of Evangelical Christians believe that there are many religions that can lead to eternal life.  That number was 83% for the people in Mainline Churches. This is astounding to me!

The message of tolerance and loving everyone regardless of their sin is valid, but it is obviously getting misconstrued.  We can’t allow the foundation of the Bible to become clouded. I’ve said before that loving someone living in sin doesn’t equal condonement of their actions. We can love them, and still acknowledge that they are making bad decisions. This is the same issue that Joel Osteen was criticized for when he was on Larry King last year. He said (and later apologized) that he believes that there are other ways to get to heaven. When put on the spot, on live TV, he chose to be politically correct instead of telling the truth of God’s Word. Let’s start preaching that Jesus is the way to eternal life, regardless of who might be offended.

John 14:6
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

8 Comments leave one →
  1. sschmedt permalink
    June 25, 2008 8:50 am

    This drives me crazy. How can followers of Christ think that? I agree that it is painful to think of the “nice people” that we know that will not spend eternal life in Heaven, but you can’t have it both ways. You can’t say, I believe in the word of God…he really means everything but that part about “…No one comes to the Father except through me” No one means no one. No one…not even nice people.

  2. kathy permalink
    June 25, 2008 9:37 am

    I totally agree. The concept of many avenues to the same place (heaven) is just man’s way of justifying their refusal to acknowledge their sin and must find some other way to believe in a beautiful eternity. It is sad that Joel as well as many others find it so hard to just say that there is no other to heaven except through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life

  3. Amy High permalink
    June 25, 2008 10:31 am

    i can somewhat understand what good ol’ Joel was saying. i personally didn’t feel he was trying to be pc when he was saying that. it is hard to make a blanket statement that could make some believe that you (joel) believe that whether these people have a relationship with GOD or not, if they haven’t got a relationship with Jesus they are doomed. he has questions in his mind as to whether he (joel) can judge these people. that being said, i think that most people who would call themselves christians (at least in this country) don’t get it. 2 tim. 2:19 says “the Lord knows those who are his, and everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness”. i won’t keep typing more scriptures, but 2 tim. 3 & 4 are great regarding those who “have a form of godliness but deny its power” and then speaking of the last days people not listening to “sound docrine”. interesting…
    by the way, i know that a lot of nice people won’t make it in, probably most of the “followers” that you are speaking of don’t get much reading of their bible done. alot of folks out there that have said the prayer, and that’s it.

  4. Mom permalink
    June 25, 2008 3:06 pm

    Check out Acts 4:8,10,12 which confirms your Scripture: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers of the people and elders of Israel…Be it known unto you and to all the people…that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth…does this man stand here before you whole….Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” During our One Prayer Series, as we are fasting and praying this week for the leaders of countries and our nation, let’s pray that our Spirit-filled spiritual leaders wil be as bold as Peter was to tell our government leaders, our spiritual leaders and all people this same truth, without fear of what man might do to them or say about them.

  5. andrealudwig permalink
    June 30, 2008 3:09 pm

    I agree pastors should focus on this truth: Jesus is indeed the only way. Just wondering… so, what percentage of people do you think will be saved? I’m guessing 2-3% of all people, and that’s it. So few believe.

  6. Mike High permalink*
    June 30, 2008 9:56 pm

    I’ve got to believe that the percentage is higher than that. Statistics show that 33% of the Earth’s population is Christian. Only God can see and judge those people’s hearts. I recognize that there is some percentage that identify themselves as Christian in name only. I also have faith that a large portion know Christ on some level, and have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.

  7. andrealudwig permalink
    July 1, 2008 1:57 pm

    I certainly hope you are right. iIguess this is one of those things we won’t know until heaven!

  8. July 2, 2008 8:13 am

    good discussion

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