This is so funny I had to write about it even though it is really not a laughing matter.
On a youtube video, I had commented this lady, Sandra Gigi, for leveling false accusations against the IFB churches. In response, to stated that I was judging and that she feels that the church has no right to say that Jesus is the only way to heaven. When I responded with the Biblical evidence, she responded with this video, here
Three things I want to address here; judging, evidence of salvation and deny Christ as the only way to heaven.
This is the most common and popular hypocritical slur against Christians. Those antagonist toward believers are permitted to smear Christians with any form of accusations imaginable, but God forbid that you tell them Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven and accusations that they are being judged by you come in droves. What they should really say is that “I like to gossip and criticize Christians but don’t you dare tell me I’m a sinner”
Did Jesus really say “don’t judge”? With all the cliches spewed surrounding Matthew 7 (“judge not that ye be not judged”) you would think so. But Jesus said to “judge righteous judgment” in John 7:24. The context of Matthew 7 is about condemning someone for doing the same actions that you are guilty of. If I am not guilty of rejecting Jesus Christ, then I am not judging someone when I tell them they will spend an eternity in the lake of fire if they reject Christ. This comment was directed at those who thought their own righteousness could save them, and they quickly condemned others when they themselves did not follow the whole law. see Matthew 23, James 2:4-10, Romans 2:1-14.
Evidence of Salvation
Sandra responds in this video “I was saved when I was 16 and I was sincere”, so does that prove someone was saved?
“Not everyone that says unto me ‘Lord , Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven” Matt 7:21-23. John said in I John 2:19
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us”
While I can not judge the sincerity of someone’s profession, sincerity is not a Saviour. You can be sincere and sincerely WRONG. Jesus gave an example of how there are those who murder in the name of God that believe they are doing God’s service. John 16:2. They were sincere in their belief, but they were sincerely wrong.
When a person is saved, and the Holy Spirit takes up residence, the Holy Spirit battles against the flesh to prevent you from living the same way you did before you were saved. Gal 5:16-17. A person that makes a profession of faith and then does not continue in it, and especially denies the work and person of the Lord Jesus Christ, has no Biblical evidence that they were truly saved, regardless of how much they profess sincerity. “They that worship him must worship Him in Spirit and in TRUTH” John 4:24.
Christ Is the Only Way to Heaven
In Acts 4:12 we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” and in John 14:6 Jesus claimed “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the father but by me”. That is quite plain.
Jesus said in John 10:1, 9
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber…. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
And John goes further to state that he that denies that Jesus is the Christ, is the antichrist:
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22
When Paul confronted the men on Mars Hill about their superstitious beliefs in an unknown God, Paul corrected their error by declaring unto them Jesus Christ. Acts 17:22-34.
The saving power of Jesus Christ is exclusive of all other religions by the testimony of others in the Bible and Jesus’ own declarations. So if you believe in some other religion that believes Jesus is just a good moral character, what kind of good moral character lies to His followers and deceives them? If Jesus is not the only way, then He has lied to everyone because He clearly taught that He is the way, the truth and the life, and nobody comes to the Father but by Him.
Jesus went out of His way to prove He was not only the Son of God, but God manifested in the flesh. John 1:1, 14 , I Tim 3:16. Mary thought He was God. Luke 1:47, and even His enemies were going to stone Him because they understood His claims as being that of deity. John 10:33-35. So for Jesus to claim to be God, and then suffer a horrible death for it, would make Him insane if it was not true.
But 3 days after Jesus was murdered, His tomb was empty, and He was seen of at least 500 people after His resurrection, and to this day the Jews had to create a story to explain His empty tomb. Therefore He is either a liar, a lunatic or He is what He claimed to be, the Lord Jesus Christ, God Almighty (Rev 1:8) and He is the only way to salvation.
Buddha is still in his grave. Confucius is dead and gone. Mohammad is buried and silent. There is not one religious leader who ever gave their life for the sin of the world, and then conquered death by raising from the dead as Christ did. All other religions emphasize what man can do for God, and attempt to create their own way to heaven ignoring that the God who created the heavens and the earth, the sea and fountain of waters who is perfect and of whom man’s righteousness are as filthy rags (Isa 64:6) compared to Him, made a provision in the death and resurrection of His Son where we would be permitted to rely on His righteousness to grant us eternal life by trusting in Him alone.
All have sinned, there is none righteous, no not one (Rom 3:10-23). Jesus is the only way because He is the only one that has ever been sinless, who lived in complete perfection from birth to His death on the cross. To make a profession that denies the Lord for who He is and what He has done is to blasphemously mock the life, deity, and work of Christ.
And if you believe that is “judging” you are going to be very angry with God the first 10,000 years in the lake of fire. You will regret it the first 30 seconds. People have created burn creams to cure small burn wounds on a small area of the body. Imagine that sensation being completely submerged in a flame that is never extinguished, and like the burning bush before Moses, you are never consumed by the fire, but are “tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels,and in the presence of the lamb” where “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever, and they have no rest day nor night” Rev 14:10-11. And God will have righteously judged thus.
I sincerely hope and pray those who believe that Christ is not the only way would study these words and ask God to open their eyes. If I am wrong about this, what I have I lost? I will simply die and be a memory (or not). But, if the word of God is true, and He is who He says He is, and there is a literal burning lake of fire where you will spend eternity for rejecting Him, the consequences of being sincere but sincerely wrong will offer you an eternity of misery and regret.