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This doctrine is not often preached in nominal Christendom, but it seems a rather strange thing to find so many people professing to be Christians who believe this lie. Yet why should I be surprised to find such in the church systems, the gates of Hell? Isn’t it written, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2)?
Those who profess Christ should believe the words of the One they profess to believe:
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me’” (John 14:6 MKJV).
There’s only One Way to God:
“And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor. Therefore His own arm brought salvation to Him; and His righteousness sustained Him. For He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head. And He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was covered with zeal like a cloak” (Isaiah 59:16-17 MKJV).
It takes God to bring us to Him. Jesus Christ is God. Buddha is not; Krishna is not; Muhammad is not; neither is any other. Only God can lay down His life and take it up again. Only His tomb is empty, by His own power. There is no salvation outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “No one comes to the Father but by Me.”
He said, “He that believes not on the Son is condemned” (Mark 16:16). There’s but one Only Begotten Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
He said to His disciples, “He that rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him Who sent Me” (Luke 10:16). That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for competitors or other ways, does it?
According to Jesus, if someone said to one of His disciples, “No thanks, I prefer another way,” that man would be condemned as a thief and robber:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, ‘He who does not enter into the sheepfold by the door, but going up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber’” (John 10:1 MKJV).
John 10:7-11 MKJV
(7) Then Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, ‘I am the door of the sheep.
(8) All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
(9) I am the door. If anyone enters in by Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture.
(10) The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(11) I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.’”
The people who believe there are many ways to God usually consent that Jesus was a wise and good man, wiser and better than themselves. They will even acknowledge Him to be a prophet. It should follow, then, that they ought to believe what He has to say and not be so stupid as to treat Him as a fool or liar.
And why do they consent that He was (notice the past tense) a wise and good man? It’s because they don’t believe. If they believed, they would know that He was no mere wise and good man, but is God, here and now:
“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the anti-Christ you heard is coming, and even now is already in the world” (1 John 4:2-3 MKJV).
Consider the alternative to believing this doctrine: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you’ll see God.
What a carrot this false teaching of the Lord’s physical coming has been, dangled before the noses of the religious masses as a titillating and sensational prospect that masks the futility and barrenness of their empty professions of faith. How many have died waiting for Christ’s “soon” return, thereby missing present communion with Him on account of a pie-in-the-sky promise? They are “ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the Truth,” which Truth is the Lord Jesus Christ.
God is Lord of all. He alone is the Master of all destinies; otherwise He is Lord of nothing. Either one has free will, or one does not. Liberty must be total, or it isn’t true liberty - it’s only frustrating torment.