Is it any wonder that 57% of evangelicals believe that other religions can lead to eternal life? To say that there is more than one way that can lead to eternal life is a sin and just as Jesus said, “if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins” (John 8:24). It would nullify the sacrifice of Jesus Christ if there were other ways to Heaven. The advice that would allow anyone to avoid any sin has already been written in the Bible.
How, you ask, could this have been avoided by those 57% who profess to be evangelicals? Where is the advice?
Well, we find it in First Corinthians chapter fourteen. It is a description of how a meeting should be conducted when the whole church comes together (verse 23). It is a chapter about prophesy and how to conduct a service though most read it as a chapter about “tongues”.
When the whole church comes together “everyone” should prophesy (24, 26, & 31). However in modern churches only the preacher prophesies and everyone else must be quiet and listen. Verse 30 might as well not be there, because the first speaker is not going to stop. I have never been in a church where the preacher was interrupted by someone and that someone had a chance to complete what he was led to say. He is led alright, but only out of the meeting. The justification for this is usually verse thirty-two, thirty three, and forty, but instead of prophets it is interpreted as one prophet and that prophet is the preacher and the one that speaks up is said to be creating disorder. Isn’t that the wrong way to handle the one who wants to prophesy? Isn’t it odd that most of chapter 14 is ignored and only 32, 33, & 40 recognized?
It is no wonder that the members of the church do not understand Scripture. All men are flawed and no man understands the entire Bible so if the church only listens to one man they will only understand as that one man understands and they will suffer from the same flaws as that man.
The format for our modern church services has become mostly secular with only a few references to Scripture thrown in. It basically says that if Biblical principles are followed life on this earth will be better. Well, though that is true it is not the basics of the Gospels.
A proper church service is just what chapter 14 says it should be. I am not saying all sermons are wrong, but I am saying that chapter fourteen is not being followed and that is why modern day Christians do not understand the Bible. Ministers mean well, but they are not following the Bible and that is more important than motives.
Chapter 14 says, “All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church”. Is it any wonder why the church is weak today?
A proper church service is a big Bible study with everyone involved. It makes perfect sense. One doesn’t learn to play a game by just watching or listening to someone else play. You have to play it too.
Unfortunately a Bible study at church is really the same format as a Sunday service: a lecture where another view is discouraged, probably because of the pride of the teacher.
Now having said that, the survey that started me thinking about church services again was very flawed. An evangelical Christian by definition believes all of the Gospels and would therefore have to believe Jesus is the only way one must be saved. If one doesn’t believe the entire Bible then they are not evangelical.
Perhaps it should be said that 57% of the people asked didn’t understand the term that they professed to believe. Because this was not pointed out it certainly doesn’t say much for those who conducted the survey: does it? Do you think they might have an agenda, or do you think they just do not know the definition of “evangelical”?
The total truth is “Everyone of any religion, or even no religion, already has eternal life”!
The only question is “Where are they going to spend it: Heaven or Hell?”