There is ONLY ONE way to heaven, ONLY ONE way to God – and that is through Jesus Christ. That is it. That is that. There are no loopholes, there are no other paths. There is ONE road and one road alone. Your salvation, your faith, your hope – all of it is in Jesus Christ. If you find that your faith is set in ANYTHING or ANYONE else, besides Christ Jesus, then you are in serious error and are on the path of eternal damnation. THAT IS ALL THERE IS TO IT! There is nothing else. It is quite simple. You are either in Christ and are set on the straight and narrow path which leads to Eternal Life – or you are Following a false belief or faith system and you are on the wide path that leads to Eternal Damnation. There IS NO in-between. It is one or the other.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
There should be no tolerance in the Christian community for those who want to claim that there is more than one way to God and to Heaven. That is ABSURD! Anyone who reads and adheres to scripture knows that is an insane statement. Jesus Christ HIMSELF tells you in His word that HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER! WITHOUT HIM YOU WILL NEVER ENTER HEAVEN and you WILL NEVER BE WITH GOD! It cannot be much clearer than that.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
How much more blunt and to the point can it get ? How is there any room for compromise or tolerance in these verses ? It is apparently clear that Jesus Christ is the only means of Salvation. Apart from Him regenerating your wicked, evil and sinful heart – you are destined to an eternity of damnation in Hell having the just wrath of God poured out on you constantly. That is ALL you DESERVE and ALL you will RECIEVE apart from salvation in Christ and an intimate relationship with Him. Because ONLY Christ can atone for our sins, ONLY Christ can be the means for our salvation. No one and nothing else.
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)
We need to stand up and be bold about this. Salvation is of the Lord – Salvation is found in Jesus Christ. Sitting in silence or stepping into the shadows out of embarrassment is not an option. If we do not stand up on this and define Salvation according to the word of God, then the Lost world, the Postmodernists, will stand up and define it for us. And obviously, if we look around, we can tell that they are not doing much of a job at it. Due to the lack of boldness in most of the Christian churches today, many people are either really confused or so lost and caught up in faulty doctrines and religions that it has infiltrated quite a bit of thinking in the evangelical community.
I have talked to some who actually believe that you can live HOWEVER you want here on earth, but that once you get to heaven, God will look at you with pity and give you a second chance to choose Him! HAHA! WOW! It really is not laughable, but it is so ridiculous, that either I laugh or I scream in frustration over how distorted salvation has become! DOES NO ONE READ SCRIPTURE ANYMORE ?!?!?!?!?!?! Is the Bible Not clear enough on this subject ? For those, their eyes are blinded to the truth and it takes an act of God to open them up to the life in His word. I know that I have talked until I was blue in the face to some of these people – and in the end, I realized that there was nothing more that I could do. It was in the hands of God and if He chose to open up their hearts to His truth, then in His timing and for His glory He would do so.
Now, just so I am clear, this is not something new. This has always been an issue – there have always been people trying to redefine salvation, even back in the Apostle Paul’s day. The difference is that I have noticed that so many of those who claim Christ are willing to back down and bow down to those who claim something that is a complete contradiction to scripture. It is easier to remain silent and keep the applause of the crowd, rather than standing up for truth and speaking out when you will be attacked, ridiculed, mocked and unfriended.
But this is what must be done. For many of you who read this, what I am saying you already know and agree with. If that is you, then I am blessed to have you reading this, and I just want to give you the encouragement to either begin to stand up for this truth – or to continue in doing it as you currently are and have done in the past. I want you to know that there is no shame in standing up for the word of God and speaking out. You will be disliked, and perhaps even hated – but the rewards you have with Christ are far greater than anything that you may have to go through here on earth for standing up for this.
For those of you who do not agree, for those of you who actually believe that there is more than one way to heaven, that ‘all roads lead to Rome’. I am saying a prayer for you right now as I write this. You have allowed Satan to step in and infiltrate your thinking. You have allowed the Satan, through the world, to define Salvation. Read through these scriptures and study them. Even if you believe as Oprah does, that you can be a buddhist, a muslim, a hindu, a Christian and still get to Heaven, I want you to know that you are wrong and scripture is clear on what is waiting for you when you die. It is NOT a pretty picture and it is far uglier than anything that you can imagine in your head.
Hell is not just a place where you suffer in burning flames for eternity. The lake of Fire is not just a place where you get burned up and that is it. NO, it is SO much more. Eternal damnation is where you will spend FOREVER.
Now let me take a moment here to pause and allow you to read what Websters dictionary defines forever as :
An endless period of time
Now with that pointed out, and hopefully you have a better grasp on just how long forever is, think about an eternity, a FOREVER not just suffering in pain, not just suffering in flames - but an eternity, a FOREVER with the continuous and righteous just wrath of God being poured out on you. Being punished over and over and over again for everything that you did that was against God. For everything that you said that was sinful and wicked. For every thought that crossed your mind that was evil and perverse. It is a wrath that is never-ending, a shame that cannot be taken away, a guilt that will continue to eat away at you as day in and day out you are punished for each and every thing that you EVER did that was against God.
Now that we have put that in perspective, that is a long way off from the thoughts of flowers, sunshine and bricks of gold that many of you thought of when you thought of dying, is it not ? I don’t say this to be harsh, I don’t say it for the sake of being cruel, I say it out of love. I DO NOT WANT you to suffer this fate. I DO NOT want you to have to the wrath of God poured out on you. I desire that each and every one of you reading this would enter into the gates of splendor and be able to worship and sit at the feet of God for all of eternity, loving and enjoying Him forever.
But YOU MUST know and understand salvation before anything else. If you believe that you can be saved through any other means but regeneration through Christ Jesus, you are mistaken and on a very slippery and dangerous path. It may look like a path that is fun, but while it is sweet in your mouth at the time, it will turn to bitter and vile poison in your stomach later on. REPENT AND BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST!
I urge those of you who are confused on this issue to read through these verses that I have posted and really search them, with an open heart and mind to the word of God. I am praying that God uses this to touch your heart and to draw those of you who are not saved, unto Himself.
This is just one of many blog post I plan to write on this subject of salvation. There is so much that goes into it, it is hard to cover every detail in one post. So keep your eyes peeled for more articles in the future on this VERY IMPORTANT topic!