Someone says, “I believe that Jesus is my Savior, that through Him I have forgiveness of sins and eternal life, but I will not be so bold as to say, ‘those people of another religion who are morally upright and sincere will be eternally damned.’” This “someone” is typical of many who profess the Christian faith in this generation. Such a belief eliminates conflict and hard feelings. They may even define themselves as “loving.”
Yet this “someone” is “denying the Lord who bought them” (2 Peter2:1). God promised one Savior (Gen. 3:15). There is only one Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew1:23; John 1:14). There is only one “Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). “There is one Mediator between God and humanity, the Man Christ Jesus who gave His life a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:5,6). “He offered one sacrifice for sins forever” (Hebrews 10:12). The Scripture clearly says, “He who does not believe will be damned” (Mark 16:16). “Salvation is found in no one else” (Acts 4:12).
The most loving act of a Christian is to help someone know God’s love in giving us this Savior (John 3:16). God directs us to do this “with meekness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15), but the Christian must understand that one of the reasons “the world hates you” (John 15:19) is that we insist, “Jesus is the only Savior.” Peace Lutheran Church. Divine Service is at 10:00 a.m. Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.
“The Cretans are always liars,” the Apostle Paul quoted one of their own (Titus 1:12). If he would have lived today, would he have said, “The Americans are always liars”? Their star baseball players lie about the use of drugs. The famous Tour de France winner lied until he was weary of lying. Politicians lie. People in government lie and misrepresent.
Students routinely cheat (lie). Products are marketed which promise to be healthful but are in reality harmful.
Lest we become too casual about lying, Jesus said to those who lie “You are of your father the devil…he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). “All liars shall have their part in the lake of fire” (Revelation 21:8). Lies may deceive people, but God “knows our thoughts afar off”(Psalm 139:2).
It is difficult to discern the truth in a world of lies. Of this one can be certain, God’s Word is Truth (John 17:3). It does not try to win our vote, or sell us something. With no thought of being politically correct, it condemns us as sinners who cannot save ourselves. It reminds us of our vulnerability to the lie, “You can be your own god” (Gen. 3:5; Romans 1:25). The Truth of God’s Word also leads us to Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this Truth. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Services, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.