How Many Ways?

There is a popular teaching making the rounds in professing Christianity today. In fact, it is nothing new as it has been around for a long long time. It is the teaching that believing in Jesus is just one of many ways to attain salvation.  In other words, salvation is at the top of the hill and how you get up there is up to you as long as you are sincere.  After all, who am I to judge?

The proponents of this teaching simply won’t say, when asked about the cults and other world religions such as Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Islam, Hinduism, etc., that they also must trust in Jesus Christ and His merit alone as their only hope of salvation.  The response is simply……I just don’t know, who is to say?  I don’t want to be judgmental.

Well the manual on Christianity, the Bible, actually has a lot to say about that.  In fact, John 14:6 is the Lord Himself speaking.  Surely if you believe in Him, you would accept His own words on the subject, wouldn’t you?

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:5&6

Can salvation come by anyone else?

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

If you believe in Jesus and also believe that there are other ways to God for those that are sincere in their beliefs, then you believe in another Jesus, and not the Lord Jesus Christ of Scripture.  You are yet in your sins.

If you were taught that there are other ways to God after you believed in Christ, then you have been taught incorrectly.  You need to repent and believe the words of the Christ of Scripture.  Jesus speaking……no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

…..let the word of Christ dwell in you richly……

The Virtuous Woman

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31:28 – 31

How Important Are Moms?

With Mother’s Day coming up, it is a good time to remember how important mothers are.  I have an example of how one of my own children reminded me of that many years ago.

To maximize the effect, you need to know that I hold a Master plumbing license in a couple of states.  At that time, I also held a plumbing contractor’s license in a neighboring state.  Quite often I would bring plans home to work on at the dining room table.  I was sitting there at the table one weekend several years ago, working away, when one of the kids came running down from upstairs.

He had an urgent look on his face as he ran through the house and then down to the basement.  When he came back up from the basement still in a hurry and still looking for someone, I asked him as he ran by, what was the matter?  He replied; Where’s Mom?  The faucet upstairs won’t shut off!

How important are mothers?  Say no more.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Can You Lose Your Salvation?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Can you lose something that is eternal or everlasting?  If you can lose it, then whatever it is you have is not everlasting.  

Did you come to Christ thinking that you could become lost again?  If you did, then you didn’t really trust Christ at all.  You were trusting something or someone else, yourself or Christ plus something.  Maybe you were trusting your church.  

  If you think that there is something you can do to lose salvation,  then apparently you think there is something you did to gain it.  Repent (change your mind based on Scripture) and place your faith in Christ and His merit alone.

For by grace (God’s enabling) are ye saved through faith (a firm persuasion based on hearing); and that not of yourselves: it is the gift (can’t be purchased) of God: Not of works (anything you do), lest any man should boast (praise himself).  Ephesians 2:8&9

What the Lord gives is everlasting life.  If you are truly trusting Him, you can’t lose the life He gives, because the life He gives is eternal.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.  I and my Father are one.  John 10:27 – 30

If you came to believe that you could lose your salvation after you trusted Christ, then someone taught you incorrectly.  Repent (change your mind) and accept the Scripture’s description of the life believers have in Christ as everlasting.

Note:  Remember to always interpret unclear passages in Scripture in the light of those that are clear.  Eternal or everlasting life is pretty clear, therefore any passage that may seem to indicate you can lose it, must be interpreted otherwise.  God never contradicts Himself.  God cannot lie.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  I John 5:13

…..let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…..