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The LifeWay Research study on "Doctrinal Positions" shows that while 81 percent of churchgoers say "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior," 26 percent agree "If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through religions other than Christianity." Fifty-seven percent disagree.
"Consumers in America are accustomed to having endless combinations of choices for every want in life," said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. "Biblical truth is radical because it teaches that eternal life is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ alone."...
"eternal life is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ alone."
Preachers repeating this vague mantra are part of the problem, to wit, lack of clarity. Folks have all sorts of relationships: father, son, husband, wife, friend, boss, magistrate, employee, acquaintance, stranger, mistress, victim, enemy, & so on. Even the most strident atheists have a relationship with Christ, just one with very bad eternal consequences.
No wonder people are confused about salvation, when the trumpet makes such uncertain sounds.