A Weekly Devotional
from Steve Higginbotham
The Exclusivity of Christianity
by Steve Higginbotham
July 6, 2006
Recently, a major religious body in the United
States rejected, by a vote of 70.5% to 29.5%, a proposal that declared, "its
unchanging commitment to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the only name by
which any person may be saved."
For some, and apparently many in this particular religious group, the exclusive claim of Christianity is just too exclusive. Declaring Jesus as the only way to the Father (John 14:6), and warning that those who do not accept Jesus as the Christ will die in their sins (John 8:24) condemns too many people and runs counter to the thinking of our pluralistic society.
However, the exclusive claims of Christianity are not only biblical, but they are absolutely necessary. You see, the cross of Christ demands the exclusivity of Jesus as the only way to the Father. How so? Think about it. If God is good, and he is, then why would he have allowed Jesus to suffer as he did on the cross if there were some other way to Heaven? How could a good God not remove "the cup" from Jesus if there were some other way?
No, the cross of Christ demands the exclusivity of Christianity. If Jesus is not the only way to the Father, as he said he was (John 14:6), then the very character of the Father is brought into question.
My advice would be to quit voting on what part of Scripture you want to obey or believe and begin accepting and obeying what was written. God's word is not up for debate or vote. God cannot be removed from office by the majority vote of man. His word is true and will someday be our judge, whether we accepted it or not (John 12:48)
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