Few things will arouse the indignation of unredeemed man more than declaring that Jesus Christ is the only source of eternal salvation — more so even than than declaring that hell awaits the lost.
This one message cannot be compromised and must be spoken all the louder and more frequently. Liars gloss over the fact that salvation is through Jesus Christ alone, and every wink and nod and inclination to suggest that “we are all one” is a betrayal of Jesus Christ.
This one message will be attacked all the more as every other trifle of dissent is silenced; for to declare that there are two Blood lines, one redeemed, and one lost, is a truth the world refuses to hear and generates a hatred and anger hot and fierce.
John 3:14. [Jesus said ]As Moses life up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes in Him has eternal life.
John 4:22. We worship what we know for salvation is from the Jews. Whoever drinks of the water I [Jesus] give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water spring up to eternal life. The woman said, “I knew Messiah is coming (He wo is called Christ); when that One. Comes He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you—am He.”
John 5:18. For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but was calling God his own Father, making himself equal to God.
Here is Jesus Christ is his own words. Read them.
John 5:21. [Jesus:] “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he wishes. For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgement to the Son, so they shall honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.”
John 6:45: “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.”
John 8:24: “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
John 11:24. “I am the Resurrection and the Life; he tho believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”
John 14:6. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
John 15:23. “He was has me hates my Father also.
John 17:3. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
John the Beloved sums it up:
Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:22-24
Why is this important? As the Church rushes to be embraced by the haters of God, they have so willingly surrendered the one essential point (the identity of Jesus Christ) upon which everything else hangs. Either Jesus Christ is who he said he is (above) or we are all Hindus in the end, accepting of everything and nothing at the same time.
No. This one point is what must be raised from the rooftops: Jesus Christ is Lord, the Son of God, the only Savior, whose blood alone atones for sin, and without which no one can be saved. This isn’t about “my” religion; either what I am saying, and what Jesus said, is factually true and utterly real, or it is a waste of time. Jesus Christ was with God in the beginning, it was through Him that all Creation came into being. We didn’t evolve. We aren’t getting better. The creation was corrupted from sin, death entered in, and Jesus Christ alone provides redemption and life and saves us from eternal punishment.
If our goal is the seek the Truth and extend the message of salvation to the world, then it is this point that can never be quieted or compromised. To do so is to participate in a lie and damn not only ourselves, but those who may have heard the Gospel and been saved.
And yet this is the very point that will rouse the ire and hatred of the world — and for that reason it must be proclaimed all the more boldly.
Fritz Berggren, Ph.D.
4 September 2019