A pluralist religion, not Christianity
A very dear and insightful friend just sent me a copy of a New York Times article entitled Survey shows U.S. Religious Tolerance. The article sites a study that clearly indicates the situation that I have been decrying for many years. The article quotes the statistic that, “70 percent of Americans affiliated with a religion or denomination said they agreed that ‘many religions can lead to eternal life,’ including majorities among Protestants and Catholics. Among evangelical Christians, 57 percent agreed with the statement, and among Catholics, 79 percent did. Among minority faiths, more than 80 percent of Jews, Hindus and Buddhists agreed with the statement, and more than half of Muslims did.” This article should be a wake-up call to Christian leaders throughout the country that they are communicating a gospel that is completely at odds with historic Christian Orthodoxy.
Pluralism, universalism, and inclusivism should have no place among evangelical theology or belief. That so many that identify themselves as Christians shows a clear misunderstanding of the gospel message, should be a call to proper evangelism and discipleship. Those who believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, must understand that this leads directly to what the Bible clearly affirms, which is salvation only by trusting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, revealed in Scripture alone, to the Glory of God alone excludes certain beliefs. It excludes that a person can be saved by simply being a good person. It excludes a person believing sincerely in other faiths being saved. It excludes the possibility that people can be saved by Jesus, even if they have never heard the gospel. There is a reason for the Protestant Reformed use of the term “alone”. We need to busy about the task of disciple-making and teaching people the clear truths of Scripture.
The positions of pluralists and inclusivists simply cannot be defended through scripture and only serve to communicate a gospel that cannot save. It is a complete and utter scandal that the vast majority of leaders among mainline Protestant denominations promulgate a pluralist and inclusivist gospel instead of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
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