43% of evangelicals believe Jesus is the only way to be saved!

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?”

6 Responses to 43% of evangelicals believe Jesus is the only way to be saved!

  1. Jesus Christ says:

    Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth and the life. Jesus Christ

  2. I was shocked when I became a real Christian, not a pretend one, how my version of Christianity now differed from so many loudly professing Christians on many issues now as well such as spiritual gifts, helping poor people, and I had to really rightfully conclude that the others were not real Christians, were persons who did not read the while Bible, were not practicing the truth faith according to the new testament, the whole Bible too but wrongfully these others they now were preaching practicing the overly false, simplified Gospel according to them, for they were hirelings, false , false teachers false prophets, false pastors, false elders, false evangelists, false deacons, a false Christian.

    http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/22/false/

  3. Mike says:

    Hey A
    First time I read your post, it had a “This post may also be related to: http://blog.ancient-future.net/2007/02/06/biblical-criticism-and-this-catholic/“. Now it’s not coming up. LOL!

    You hit a button for me too. Our current worship services now model Greco-Roman teach styles, rather than the older Midrash engagements. We could well benefit from that style (though attendance would radically drop).

  4. The Apostate says:

    astudent,
    You cry out “Is it any wonder that 57% of evangelicals believe that other religions can lead to eternal life?”

    I have some statistics concerning American evangelicals that might be of some use to you. According to the Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey published last month, 60% of evangelicals (bested only by Mormons, 76, and Jehovah Witnesses, 83) state that they read their scripture outside of their religious service on a weekly+ basis. 58% of evangelical attend church at least once a week (28% attend monthly/yearly – a vague category indeed).

    So at least 3/5ths of American evangelicals are probably getting a healthy dose of scripture, whether in their homes, their church, or both. Yet only 2/5ths hold the view of most of the New Testament of the singularity of salvation (although this is not held uniformly, but that is a debate between people who do not presume the Bible to be inerrantly uniform).

    We may also want to add that 89% of evangelicals believe the Bible to be the Word of God (59 take it as literal, 25 as not literal). So although 60% read it on a weekly basis, 89% say it has some ultimate authority in their life (assuming that is what God should be).

    Taking all that in, now lets get ready for reality. Above is what people say. Below is what people know.

    50% of American adults cannot name one gospel.
    Self-help books outsell theological books at most Christian bookstores.
    Less than 7% of evangelicals admit having heard of the Westminster Confession, less than 1% have read it.
    60% of evangelicals believe Jesus was born in Jerusalem (compared to 51% of Jews).
    When surveyed, there is no increase of Biblical knowledge between American seventh-ninth graders and tenth-twelfth graders.

    I highly suggest three books for more info:
    Mark Noll’s “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” (an evangelical himself)
    Stephen Prothero’s “Religious Illiteracy” (a Boston U prof)
    and David F. Wells’ “No Place For Truth, or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?” (another evangelical author).

    The fact is that evangelicals no very little of what is in the Bible and that the evangelical umbrella is a large one. Of course, those with more Biblical training do tend to come out less extreme, realizing that claims to prime authority are a dime a dozen on the religious landscape and one should be careful to make such a hasty conclusion without looking at as much of the evidence as possible. Sadly, we are born into our presuppositions and it is nearly impossible to escape them.

  5. astudent says:

    Mike,
    Well, I have to laugh! You wouldn’t be trying to sick me on this poor Catholic would you? I have to admit that it is tempting, but I don’t see much chance of changing his mind about the inerrancy of the Bible. The Bible says that “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” so I can not. If one thinks the Bible is the word of God and is flawed, then by simple logic God is flawed.
    I agree with you that it would seem that church attendance would drop, but that is an assumption on our part. It might increase! However one would not have to change the style of the service as it is now. There could be another service right before or right after the regular lecture. You know even if attendance dropped those who remained would be strengthened, which is the result guaranteed in 1 Corinthians 14:26.
    However, again applying simple logic to the possibility, it will not happen. As soon as the minister realizes that it will produce flaming evangelicals like me that will question everything that he does, the idea will be shelved.
    I wonder if Catholic clergy preach the Bible as a historic account for job security. If one recognizes the Bible as inerrant and it says God will send His Spirit to teach us all things then who would need a man to teach them spiritual things? The idea that God is not capable of explaining Himself to all men without the help of some other man is absurd.
    The truth that comes straight from the Bible is that man can sharpen man when iron can sharpen iron and the laws of physics will have to be changed for that to happen.
    Danged if I don’t sound like a preacher at times: don’t I? Well heck, no one is perfect. Seriously though a minister’s job is very difficult, like most jobs that the employee who really cares tries to accomplish: actually it is even more difficult when one realizes the eternal future of those who might listen is at stake.
    Thanks for the comment. As usual it made me think and I really appreciate it.

  6. astudent says:

    Apostate,
    Thanks for the input though it is depressing. That is a lot of statistics, but with many possibilities for error.

    I am afraid that I have made a mistake. God confused the language and I didn’t check the definition of “evangelical”. I have been applying it only as a type of individual, probably because I consider myself as evangelical, but I see that it is a type of church.

    To me the word meant someone that believed the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God. It seems as though I would better describe myself as a fundamentalist and not evangelical.

    I have to laugh because understanding the word cleared much of what was said (imagine that).

    When I can attend church I only attend evangelical churches and I can assure you that they are not getting a healthy dose of scripture. The minister gives a sermon on some subject such as marriage, or money, or whatever and the Scripture used only pertains to that theme.
    Even if I am wrong about why they are not getting a healthy dose the results of the surveys prove they are not. The average evangelical doesn’t know dink about Scripture. The very basics of Scripture is Jesus is the only one that could take the punishment in our place that we so justly deserve, because he is the only person that had no sin of his own to be punished for.

    To comment on reality,
    50% of people that cannot name one Gospel are not 50% of those who attend church. I would think that anyone who attended church more than three times could name at least one Book.
    Theological books are only books written about the Book and are really not important to a fundamentalist/evangelical. I believe the Bible still out sells other books and the Bible is all anyone really needs. Because all men error then theological books, which of course are written by men, sometimes confuse rather than help.
    The Westminster Confession is also written by man. It is not part of the Bible and therefore not really important to a fundamentalist.
    60% of evangelicals believing that Jesus was born in Jerusalem only proves they are not getting a healthy dose of Scripture.
    The Bible is not taught in school so it is no surprise that there is no increase of knowledge of it.

    We certainly agree that evangelicals know very little about the Bible. The church is responsible for teaching it and is failing: as the surveys reveal.

    God gave us the proper format for learning Scripture and we are not following it. He gave us the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher. If one has the perfect teacher all one needs are the questions. Our church services consists of a man trying to explain Scripture instead of relying on God to do so and the results of the surveys only prove the error of not following God’s guide lines.

    That is not to say ministers do not have the best interests of the congregation at heart. However if after considering God’s guide lines, they do not change the format, I would wonder if they do. Ministers might site Paul’s preaching as a precedent, but one of the listeners went to sleep and fell to his death. That example should warn of the dangers of lectures: why else would God include it? A service that follows God’s guide lines would not put anyone to sleep. No one has ever gone to sleep in a Bible study that I have been to, but that should not come as a surprise to anyone that has read much of what I have written.

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