Saturday Sermon: There's only one way to God
How many times have you heard, "That is your interpretation" or "That is not what my Bible says"?
As a pastor, I hear them quite frequently from people who obviously have not read their Bibles, especially when it comes to the question of whether there is more than one way to heaven.
Over the years, this question has been posited with many who claim belief in Christianity. Too large a number will profess that there are many ways to heaven. This is not how I answer the question, and my answer is not based on my opinion or my interpretation.
My answer is clear. There is only one way to God, and that is through belief in His son, Jesus Christ. Some have called me arrogant or ignorant for making such a claim. I have even heard some who make the same claim called narrow-minded bigots. It would seem that we are not free in this culture to voice our own opinions after all, unless it agrees with the opinion of the person we are talking with.
But as I said, this claim that Jesus is the only way to God is not my opinion or my interpretation. If it were just my opinion, then my accusers would be right, and I would be among the most arrogant of men. But I believe that Jesus is the only way to God because this is what He taught about Himself; therefore, I cannot believe that there are other ways without betraying Him and becoming chief among hypocrites.
Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." For He went on to say, "I and the Father are one." Making the point that He Himself alone is the only way to God.
Not only did He say it, but the rest of the New Testament affirms this as well. Acts 4:12 says, "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." And then again, "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus ."
In this society, we have decided that God would not be just if He allowed only one way of salvation. "God must by virtue of His goodness," some have said, "allow for many roads to salvation since not all may have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Others say we don't need God since all people are basically good anyway, so it doesn't matter. See, much of what is promoted is just opinion with no supporting evidence.
Christians today can stand on this truth as supported by Jesus himself even though our culture becomes so easily offended, and it is seen as politically incorrect. Be prepared to be slandered for proclaiming what you believe; Jesus said that the world would hate us because they hated Him.
Mike Singenstreu is the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, PCA, which meets at 1929 Red River St. in the Crossroads Center. Visit cpcvictoria.com.