July 5 - Message Update

How can you say there is one true faith? – Isaiah 45:5, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9 – Pastor Eric

 

One of the hardest words in our world today is exclusion. Nobody likes to use that word, because nobody ever wants to be excluded in life. This word finds its way into the conversation of religion.  It creates objection to any faith being exclusive, because it does not seem or feel right to judge another person’s faith.

 

So, people will object to an absolute faith by saying things like “All major religions are equally valid and basically teach the same thing, all roads lead to heaven, and it is arrogant to insist your religion is right and others are not.”  This leads us to answer our tough faith question for the week, how can you say there is only one true faith?

 

(1) There is only one true faith, because there is only one true God. Christianity is an exclusive faith, because it teaches there is only one God to believe in. The God of the Bible has proven Himself to be true time and time again throughout history. (Isaiah 45:1-7)

 

In verses 1-3, Isaiah teaches that God commanded an unbelieving king, Cyrus, to prove that God has control over any person and any authority. God furthers His point that He controls not only every man, but He controls every nation. God commanded Israel even though they fell away time after time. In verse 7, God declares He has control over every creature and all of creation.  Thus, the listener is pushed to this conclusion - there is none besides God, there is no other!!!

 

God makes it clear that He is the sole power and authority in the world. So, when people say all religions are equally valid and basically teach the same thing, it goes against what God says. Christianity is not saying that all religions and authorities are equal, but God is the only supreme power and authority.

 

(2) There is one true faith, because there is only one true Savior.  There is only one solution to the world’s ills and problems. There is only one answer to the sin, and His name is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. (John 14:1-6)

 

In John 14, Jesus calms down His disciples to set their focus upon Himself, and then, He focuses their attention on the hope of Heaven. For their Heavenly home is going to be a paradise full of perfect peace and the glory of God. There is a great hope in Heaven away from all the sufferings and struggles of the world.

 

In verse 6, Jesus makes an earth shattering and an absolute statement by saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me!” This is Jesus’ own self-disclosure to proclaim His exclusive character and personhood as God and Savior.

 

Jesus is the only way to God, because He is the very essence of truth and life, for He is the author of truth and life. Amazingly, Jesus proved His deity through His life, ministry, death and resurrection. For Jesus healed the lame and sick, and He raised Lazarus from death. Jesus died on a cross to pay for our sin, and He rose from the dead to give us new life. His life and resurrection are the ultimate proof of His deity.

 

So, when people say, “All roads lead to heaven.” Jesus is not saying that, and He is refuting this claim for Christ is the only road to Heaven and all other roads lead to Hell.

 

(3) There is one true faith, because there is only one true gospel. The gospel message is radically different than any other message.  It centers itself on a single saving God, and it teaches that you cannot save yourself or earn your place in eternity.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

The Apostle Paul instructs the Ephesian church that you cannot merit your salvation and you are saved by the grace of God. This grace is the unmerited favor and blessing of God, and it is receiving what you don’t deserve, because you actually deserve the opposite. You deserve condemnation, Hell, and the wrath of God for your sin. Yet, God loved and died for the world to forgive the world of sin.

 

This is what makes Christianity distinctly different than all other religion, because religion says it’s about what you DO, but Christianity says it’s about what has been DONE for you.

 

This is a fundamental difference between other religions and Christianity because they promote a doctrine of duty and a works-based salvation, and Christianity does not.  Christianity becomes the only answer to sin, because it provides the only legitimate cure for sin by the work of Christ, not by any work of man. 

 

So, the decision becomes yours to make.  Will you turn from your sin?  Will you embrace the truth, the only truth, Jesus Christ?  Will you surrender your heart to the one true God?

 

Praise Songs: Great Things, He Is God, How Great Thou Art, Great Are You Lord, Doxology