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The Problem With Theological Pluralism
8/4/2015

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 (NKJV)

There is this thing called theological pluralism, and it is becoming popular in America.  Theological pluralism believes “all Religions are equally true.”  It teaches that all paths lead to eternity with God.  This might sound great, but it has no biblical roots and is a lie of the enemy.

For example:  Many of the big religions of the world deny that Jesus is the only way to God — instead they place their belief for salvation upon the  “good works” of a person.  For example, both Buddhism and Hinduism believe these works are accomplished through their eightfold path to Nirvana, while Islam actually believes people are born good and the walk of the person is maintained by not falling into sin. The problem with this belief is Romans 3:9-18 clearly teaches; every person is overwhelmingly sinful in soul, in their speech, and in their actions.

“…There is none righteous, no, not one” Romans 3:10 (NKJV)

And then there is what I call, “the imposter religions of the Christian faith.”  Two of the larger false religions that have become more prominent in the last 200 years actually claim to be followers of Jesus, and yet they absolutely deny the Bible's teaching of His deity — something they derive from books and magazines they claim have been written by modern-day prophets of God.  Another common denominator is that they also place a greater emphasis on a person's works rather than what Jesus did upon the cross.

Q:         So how does/can this Theological Pluralism affect us here in America as Christian men and women?

This type of belief/philosophy puts pressure on Christians to refrain from publicly disagreeing with anyone who may hold a different view.  Failure to do so will be viewed and targeted as being divisive.  As this continues it can/will lead to a time within our country where Christians will be persecuted for speaking or teaching the truth about Jesus.  It is the same thing we see happening in the Book of Acts, where Peter and John are called before the Sanhedrin because they spoke of a different belief system than theirs — they spoke of Jesus.  We see this in Acts 4:18-20.

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20 (NKJV)

These are exciting and amazing times to be living as a follower of Jesus Christ.  We may very well be persecuted for speaking about the good news of the Gospel message, but this shouldn’t deter us from being the witness we have been called to be.  Jesus is the ONLY provision God has made for man to come to Him (John 14:6), and His is the only name by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Spread the good news with others today.  Stand fast in the truth of God’s Word. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 14:6 how can we be saved?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you prepared to stand fast in defending the Gospel message?

APPLICATION: Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for providing a way for me to come to You.  Thank You for giving me the truth of Your Word to guide and lead me.  Help me to be equipped to defend my beliefs when others persecute me.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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