Archive for December 22, 2007

You would have thought that this was obvious to the Christian however, lately I am seeing more ‘reputable’ teachers denying this foundational truth. Here are a few examples

Billy Graham (yes you heard me right) could not say that Jesus Christ is the only way to God on the Larry King Show

And again on The Hour of Power with Robert Schuller

Neither could Joel Osteen a few years ago

Listen to Bishop Melvin Talbert towards the end of this clip

In May this year on National Public Radio (NPR), T D Jakes was asked by a muslim if only Christians could hope to enter heaven. Here is the transcript of that part of the conversation

CALLER: I’m a Muslim here in Portland. I’m part of a Shiite community. And we had a wonderful interface dialogue last weekend with a local Unitarian church. And I’d like to ask you please to speak about concrete experiences you’ve had as far as interfaith dialogue goes. And also would like to ask you, do you feel that only Christians could hope to enter Heaven?

JAKES: Very great question. When it comes to interfaith experiences, I’m currently serving by the appointment of former President Bush and President Clinton, as co-chair of an interfaith advisory committee to help people get back up on their feet.

And we do have on the board Muslims, Catholics, a Jewish Rabbi, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals across the board. And we’re working together very effectively because we all care about common goals. We have our distinct theologies and our own ideologies but there are common grounds that we can work together very effectively in many, many cases.

When it comes to Heaven, I try to leave that up to God. I certainly believe that Christianity is right, but when it comes down to the final test–who goes and who doesn’t go–Jesus said, Other sheep have I who are not of this fold. Them also must I bring. I’ll let Him identify who those sheep are and I stay out of the conversation.

To listen to it for yourself, click HERE. The question can be heard 25 mins and 10 secs into the interview

This teaching is heretical because it teaches that there is more than one way to receive salvation. It is heretical in that it basically says that it doesnt really matter who you follow. It is dangerous because it gives people a false hope which will ultimately lead to their damnation.

Scripture is very clear about this:

Jesus said that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life (NOT A way, A truth and A life), no man comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6)

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36 and 1 John 5:12)

If you are a non christian and you are reading this, please know that as stated above, salvation cannot be found in anyone else apart from Jesus Christ. Click HERE to read how you can receive salvation

Remember to pray for these teachers

To be continued……

Related posts:

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 1 – A Form of godliness

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 2 – Scripture Twisting

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 3 – The abuse of biblical numerlogy

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 4 – Man Centered Theology

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 5 – The Prosperity Gospel

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers (Interlude) – My reason for doing this

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 7 – Signs and Wonders

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 8 – Deconstruction

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 9 – Giving False Hope

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 10 – The misuse of old testament scriptures

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 11 – The Gospel of Inclusion

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers  – The Conclusion