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I am the Way

In John 14 Jesus encourages and comforts the disciples, especially Thomas, with the familiar statement:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

For me this is crystal clear.  Especially in the context of the rest of John 14 and the multitude of miracles Jesus performed in the name of The Father.  When I read this passage (and many other passages) I am saddened by a recent report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.  You can read a news story on the report here or link directly to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The report indicates that 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching.  Most notably, 70% of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion.

So, between 60% and 70% of people who either have a religious affiliation, or are regular evangelical church attenders have no idea that the Bible says that the way to Heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ, and accepting him as one’s personal Savior.  This is not about Non-believers.  This is not about agnostics or atheists.  This is about people who either attend church regularly or would claim to wear some kind of religious label.  70% of those people who have darkened the door of a church with at least some regularity have no clue that Faith in Jesus Christ is the way to Heaven.  Those same people say that the Bible has many different interpretations. 

I have to ask a few things:  When did this happen?   How did we get so far off track?  Is this because too many pastors have pulled back from preaching the true word of God?  Do people want to be entertained?  Are the so called Mega-Churches too concerned with their book stores, and coffee bars, and full collection plates that they can’t even effectively communicate that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven? 

D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion said it best:  “The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep,”  

Pray for revival in our churches.  Pray for revival in our cities and towns.  Pray that God will convict people of their sin and church leaders of their misleading ways.

4 Responses

  1. I decided to remove all of the prior comments as they seemed to be taking us off topic. Thank you to those who showed an interest. If you have additional comments regarding the fact that 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, have at it!

  2. If the Holy Spirit is the ‘teacher in residence’ in the heart of the believer, and John 14:6, in telling us that Jesus is the ONLY way to salvattion, TRUE, the only way a believer can even consider there being other paths to salvation is if he/she has been deceived by ‘Christian’ leaders. The other option for such a notion is that the 57 percent of ‘evangelical church attenders’ might be false converts.

    For those who have been deceived, personal bible study on the matter should sort things out.

  3. It’s a shame, but it seems that we need to have a list of ‘qualifiers’ when we wear the label CHRISTIAN. Too many labels with too many meanings. EVANGELICAL, CHRISTIAN, RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Too many interpretations, too much lack of conviction, too much false doctrine and not enough knowledge of God’s word. How many of the false converts came to Jesus for the “Health, Wealth, & Prosperity” nonsense?

    As for personal Bible study, I agree. The problem is that most people simply won’t do it. They want it spoon fed for an hour on Sunday and then they don’t want to think about it again. Imagine what would happen if everyone who was a “regular attender” read their Bible and prayed for just 15 minutes of each day!

  4. The results would be truly awesome!

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