The exclusive claims of Christ are just as controversial today as they were 2,000 years ago, says one national youth leader.
Jesus as "the way and the truth and the life," or the only way to salvation, is hard to swallow in a postmodern culture where "more and more people seem to think that Jesus is one of many ways to God and that salvation is achieved through living a good life rather than received through faith alone in Christ alone," said Greg Stier, founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries, which has equipped millions of youths to share the Gospel.
It's a belief held by many Christians today who do not have a firm grasp of what they believe, many Christian leaders say. Most people view the Gospel as a message that proclaims "all roads lead to God as long as you're sincere," Stier noted in an e-mail interview with The Christian Post....
Exclusivity of Christ? Yes! He said "Apart from me, ye can do nothing." He has the keys and gave them to his congregation of faithful believers. The Apostles followed close with a similar teaching "There is salvation in no other." This is the doctrine of exclusivity and it is true. Apart from Christ you can do nothing are in darkness and will live in eternal darkness after death unless you repent and believe for yourself the forgiveness of your sins through his name.
"more and more people seem to think that Jesus is one of many ways to God and that salvation is achieved through living a good life rather than received through faith alone in Christ alone,"
I've got news for them, they better examine themselves according to Exodus 20, and Romans 3. The law is God's standard of the righteousness that we must have to be in His presence-- NO ONE is righteous according to it. Without God's unearned, unmerited gift of righteousness that comes by faith and trust in Jesus Christ, all will perish in the lake of fire.
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: The life of faith, that is begun by faith, had its beginning at a point in time and continues on throughout that life. What keeps people from being in a relationship with God is their sin. It is not because of their past or any surrounding social, cultural, or environmental issues. So changing or reforming those settings will do nothing to meet their spiritual needs.
Only the truth of the Gospel message provides lasting and enduring hope and relief. This precious lifesaving and lifegiving Gospel message is unchanging, sufficient and exclusive. Be that message changed in anyway - whether by adding to it or taking away from it or substitutions made for parts of it - it becomes ineffective and powerless to realize its potential....
The bottom line is really very simple. Jesus Christ is either exactly who He says He is, or He is the biggest fraud that ever walked the face of the earth. If He is who He says He is, then yes, the six million Jews and billions of others who died without Him are in hell, and there they shall remain. If He is a fraud, then I don't know where they are because if I can't trust the Living Word, I can't trust the Written Word and that's that. Without Him I'm lost either way. But praise God, with Him I'm saved. Exclusivity? Darn straight!
A culture can be "Post modern" post Christian, or whatever it likes to pride itself on being but there is a multitude of "joe soaps" just like me out there who have found Christ is the only way and the only truth and the life, or in everyman`s language the only way to salvation. Thank God for Him.