Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Only Way

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 14:6

There is a great deception being taught by some that Jesus was merely one of many great prophets, such as the likes of Mohammed, the Dahli Lama, or Ghandi. To further compound and confuse the weak is the persistent declaration that all religions worship the same God, only in different ways. It is the most destructive heresy being perpetuated and the intent of this lie is to unite and blend all religions into one massive ecumenical system of belief.

The other night while watching the Fox News Channel, contributor Juan Williams stated he was a Christian. Then in the same breath, Williams unknowingly denounced his claim by minimizing the God he claims to worship in the way described above. I have heard Bill O’Reilly and others make the same assertion. And because there is rarely, or never, a guest present with the truth embedded in their heart and the strength and willingness to express it, these men and women go unchallenged. The lie dangles in the air like an offensive stench to the true believer. But it permeates the minds and souls of those ignorant of Scriptural truths.

Because of the present state of world affairs, there is a growing unwillingness to offend, even at the cost of Christians compromising God’s truths. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is being rewritten in such a way that prevents the reality and validity of it from being presented in its entirety. Many denominations that once preached it in its purest form are white-washing and watering it down to one that is more palatable and “seeker friendly.” The likes of Rick Warren and his ilk feel it is necessary to embrace and draw all religions into one big happy family.
This accomplishes nothing except pervert the very core of the Gospel. The masses are being spoon-fed a diet rich in distortion and the main dish is called “tolerance." And if the people can be subjected to tolerance, there is no longer a desire to hear or to speak the truth to a lost and dying world.

The testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of God (Revelation 19:10). But if His testimony is being twisted into a doctrine of combined faiths, then it becomes a lie. Because we know that God cannot lie (Titus 1:1-2), those who falsely proclaim Jesus as a mere man and prophet and place Him in the same category of liars will bring swift and just condemnation down upon themselves (Jeremiah 9:5; Jeremiah 14:14; Romans 1:25; Galatians 1:6-7; Revelation 21:8).

There is one God. He is sovereign and there are no others (Isaiah 40; Jeremiah 10:7-16). He has prepared a way back to Him by providing a substitution, Jesus Christ, Who took upon Himself God’s wrath and punishment for our sins. There is no other “way” to salvation and eternal life except through our God Who came in the flesh - Christ Jesus. To perpetuate the lie that there are other ways only deceives and brings eternal death.

Although we are commanded to do so with love for the sinner, we must remain firm in our deliverance of the Gospel, never wavering or altering it out of a fear of offending someone. The only fear of offense we should have is that of insulting and angering our Maker by denying His sovereignty and classifying Him as a mere man of faith. We must stand firm on His foundation of truth because millions of lives depend on it.

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