Team A: Broad-minded, Flexible, Open-minded, Receptive, Tolerant.
Team B: Sectarian. Parochial, Doctrinaire, Provincial, Dogmatic, Insular.
Which team would you rather play for?
These days anyone who proposes their belief system is THE TRUTH is viewed as being a member of Team B. Remember when Jesus appeared before Pilate and told him that He brought Truth into the world?
“Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. – John 18:37-38
Pilate scorned Him.
But God made it very clear in His Word that He provided only one way of salvation and fellowship with Him and that is by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as Savior.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” – John 1:12
There are several religious denominations which call themselves “Christian” and claim THEY have the truth. They say membership in their particular denomination or organization is what leads to salvation. They combine “faith” in God with good works and merit as part of their salvation process. That is a different gospel, not the “Good News” of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus ALONE. Salvation doesn’t come through an institution, it comes through Christ.
As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, great efforts are underway to bypass Truth and embrace those who base their salvation on their own efforts as fellow-Christians. Unity at the price of Truth has become the main thing. Unity at the expense of Truth has become the idol of “broad-minded” Christians.
I’m not one for celebrating days or the accomplishments of people but sometimes I think about the many Christian men and women who were persecuted and even died for their belief in the Gospel. So we can read the Bible in our own language. So we can freely worship the Lord in churches where the Gospel is preached. So now we just turn our backs on them and say it was all a big mistake?
We Evangelicals have our secondary differences but we all profess salvation by grace through faith alone. To muddy the Gospel and accept religious legalists as fellow Christ-followers is a tragedy beyond words. The church is thinking like the world.
Below is an article from Evangelical pastor, Leonardo de Chirico, which reminds us that to embrace as Christ-followers those who insist we must merit our salvation is a betrayal of the Gospel of grace.
2017: From Conflict to Communion?
January 20, 2016