I read an article with an appalling statistic that said, "nearly two-thirds of evangelicals under 35 believe non-Christians can go to Heaven vs. 39 percent of those over 65." What is the reason for this? Why, especially when the Bible is so clear on this subject, are there still evangelicals who believe that there are other ways to Heaven? The author describes how a new precedent is being set by liberal Protestantism. She closes her argument by telling readers not to worry because the younger evangelicals are going to put the belief that there is only one way to get to heaven behind them. If this happens, we are in for a spiritual battle much more difficult than ever before because we will be fighting against our own to clarify that there is only one way to get to heaven.
I seriously do not understand how some Christians have the audacity to proclaim that there are other roads that lead to God. True Christians know in their hearts that there is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus was clear when He said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and NO MAN comes to the Father but THROUGH ME." How is it possible that there are still Christians out there who "misinterpret" this verse? Jesus could not be any more clearer or straightforward than this. Yet, we have supposed Christians who are willing to bend the truth to be accepted by the world. In Romans 12:2, God's Word tells us that "we are not to conform to this world..." This means that we are not to adapt our biblical values to those of the world, but rather the world needs to adapt their values to those found in the Scriptures. For some odd reason, there are Christians who would rather be on good terms with sinful people than with the eternal God who created us? I truly cannot understand this kind of logic and reasoning.
The statistic above is very sad and disheartening because if we Christians do not know what the Bible says about salvation, how can we expect for non-believers to understand how to be saved? One of the reasons why we have so many wishy-washy Christians is because we care more about what the status quo thinks than what God thinks. I could care less what the status quo thinks. The status quo can take a hike! Today, they believe in God, tomorrow they can become atheists. To put my trust in the instability of humanness is to send my own self to hell. I am concerned, as well as many of you, about what God commands us to do, and that is to preach the truth of the gospel. I am so tired of seeing flaky Christians who are deathly afraid to proclaim the truth of the gospel, yet they live a life with reckless abandon to do whatever makes them happy without including God in their lives.
Two-thirds (66%) of evangelicals UNDER the age of 35 believe that there are other roads to God. This statistic should shock every single evangelical that is growing up in this generation. What can we do to change this statistic? We need to stand up and start speaking the truth of the gospel. All people are sinners. All are destined to go to hell, BUT we do have hope. Jesus made Himself a man, and came to earth to die for our sins. He died on the cross, and rose on the third day, and now lives eternally in heaven. We all need to receive Jesus Christ in order to get to Heaven and be with God. Without Jesus, there is no other way to God. This is the gospel in a nutshell. If this generation, 35 and under, can begin to proclaim that Jesus loves them so much that He died for them, and that without Jesus there is no other way to get to heaven, then we can rest assured that we are doing what God has commanded us to do. I want to carry out every responsibility that God gives me, and do it the way He wants me to do it. I want for God to tell me when I get to heaven, "Well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!
Ms. Parker, you are sadly mistaken about there being other roads to heaven. Get it right! Only One road leads to Heaven!