apostasy n: 1: renunciation of a religious faith 2:abandonment of a previous loyalty : defection
I’ll start off by saying that I am aware this is something that I could spend days or weeks talking about, but I am going to try and do my best to make this concise and coherent.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
2 Timothy 4: 3-4(NLT)
Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 (NLT)
So in flitting around the net today I came across a study that disturbed me. It asked those that claim a religion within the US whether or not they felt their religion was “the one true faith” when it came to whether or not theirs was the only way to eternal life. (To get to the results, you would have to click first “Beliefs and Practices” and then go to the bottom result for “Views of One’s Religion as the One True Faith.”)
70% of those in the United States felt that “many religions can lead to eternal life.”
Bear in mind, that’s across all religions. Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, etc.
The scary part is that 59.4% of those professing the Christian faith believe, according to this survey, that many religions lead to eternal life. (At the low end were the Jehovah’s Witnesses with 16% and at the other end of the spectrum are the “Mainline Churches” and “other Christians” both at a whopping 83%.)
Hence my title here: holy apostasy, Batman!
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (NLT)
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)
I want to ask if these people that answered the survey ever read their own Bibles, but I fear I don’t really want the answer to that. It scares me to think that people could actually be becoming blind to what is right there in black,white, and red.
NO ONE comes to the Father, except those that do so through Jesus. That means there is only ONE path to eternal life and it’s through his gift of grace. Clearly, a narrow gate. But just the same, a pretty blatant message to any that would read it. Or should I say for those that have ears to hear?
And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Isaiah 29:13 (NLT)
I will stop short of saying those that answered Christian to the survey, (whichever flavor they care to call themselves,) and then answered that there are in fact multiple ways to eternal life are not in fact Christians, (although I myself could be counted as having backslid so far as to be counted among them at one time). Clearly, however, they seem to be faltering in their study of the Bible.
Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”
Matthew 15:10-11 (NLT)
The Bible spells things out quite clearly. There is only one way to eternal life and that is through Jesus. Either you take what the Bible says as the Word of God that it is, (which means that you take all of what it says of salvation- Thank God for the end of the old covenant!) or you don’t. This is not a cafeteria plan to salvation.
By asserting to belief that there are multiple paths to heaven, you’re asserting that Jesus was lying when He stated that “no one comes to the Father except through” Him.
Saying that He lied, is to say that Jesus sinned, or bore false witness. And yet even Pilate (and his wife) wanted nothing to do with the death of an innocent man. (Matthew 27:15-24) Then there are the myriad of other verses that cite Jesus as sinless: 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5, 1 John 8:46, Isaiah 53:9, etc.
So it seems to me, to be pretty clear that our churches, (and dare I say political correctness resulting in a fear of offending by stating, even with love, that someone is flat out wrong,) are failing over half of the self proclaimed believers in this nation.
It’s time to draw near to God, and spend time in His word, for “what truth scripture has.”