Exclusivity of Jesus
Saving faith is something more than believing certain things which are true. The problem is as you flow down in this text you do a little bit of pathological study of a non-saving faith. They have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. it doesn’t do anybody any good to have a zeal for God if it’s not correct, if it is not precise.
“Well, my faith is a very private thing.” Let me tell you something, it’s not the Christian faith, and it’s not a saving faith. Jesus said, “If you confess Me before men, I’ll confess you before My Father who is in heaven.
The right answer to the questions: “What does your Christianity mean to you?” is “It means to me that jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord. He is my Lord and my Savior, and there is no other lord, and there is no other savior.” That’s the right answer.
There is this comfortable ambiguity that has now captivated supposed Christianity today, where you basically don’t have to commit to anything because you might be intruding on someone’s sensibilities because they might disagree with you
They had a zeal for God and they were the chosen people, but it was not in accordance with knowledge. And what was wrong with their knowledge Verse 3 “Not knowing about God’s righteousness.
They didn’t understanding how righteous God was. So they went to seek their own righteousness. In other words, they thought God was less righteous than He was, and therefore they were able to be righteous enough to please God. So they didn’t understand their own sin and inability. They didn’t, therefore, subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
They didn’t really come under the threat of divine righteousness in a beatitude attitude, the attitude of publican of Luke 18. They thought they were so good that God was low enough to accept that goodness.
They had a warped view of salvation. You understand that? A warped view of God’s righteousness essential to understanding salvation, a warpred view of their own unrighteousness, thinking that they could attain to salvation by their own effort.
They had a misunderstanding of the cross of Christ. They got their theology wrong, and they got their theology wrong, their soteriology wrong, , they go their hamartiology wrong, they got their Christology wrong.
- 4 To everyone who “believe, that is not by words, its’ by faith.
Romans 10:13 in other words, you can’t be saved unless you believe. you can’t believe the right thing unless you’ve heard it. You can’t hear it if somebody doesn’t tell it to you. And that is why those who preach are so beautiful: “How beautiful are the feet of those bring glad tidings of good things”, because you can’t be saved until the message arrives that you must believe.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.”
The Gospel is outside of us, it is not intuitive to us. It is something we have to hear, and somebody has to be the spokesman for that hearing.
This kind of ambiguous evangelism is a salt on the integrity and the sacrifice of believers through the ages who were willing to die for the precision of the truth.
Today there is such a indifference toward precision and clarity in proclaiming the gospel and it has basically kind of come out of some theo9logical views, or it’s defended by some.
Nature theology: That is man has innately, intuitively inside of him the natural reasoning power to come to God and be saved without the Scripture and without the gospel. Advocates say that man can discover the existence and the nature and the attributes of God in Romans 1, and that is true and human reason will lead you back to God, because human reason functions on a cause and effect structure and cause and effect eventually leads you back to the primary cause.
You can know a lot about God, You can know something about His power by looking at the world in its macro and its micro sense.
It is true, and so they go further and say “man thus becomes capable of knowing enough of truth of God to satisfy God without the necessity of divine revelation.”
He sort of finds his way to God. It’s nice if he has the Bible, it’s nice if he has the gospel; its not necessary.
Here is what the Vatica said about salvation : “All who live a just life will be saved, even if they do not believe in Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic Church.” So if those in a false religion which is a barrier to salvation, but people apart from the Bible and the gospel can be saved if they can work their way around the barrier.
The heretical Thomas Aquinas who adopted Aristotelian kind of philosophy. Officially adoped as the position of the Romans Catholic Church in Vatican I: present, of course, in the new Catholic catechism: T
The biblical teaching that salvation only comes in response to faith in Christ is rejected as unreasonable and cruel. People are saved if they live good lives and are sincere in their beliefs whatever they are. Well, so much for the Catholics.
Billy Graham Talks with Robert Schuller on How to Get to Heaven. Schuller: Tell me. What do you think is the future of Christianity? Graham: Well, Christianity and being a true believer, you know I think there is the body of Christ, which comes from all the Christian groups around the world, or outside the Christian groups, I think everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ whether they are conscious of it or not they are members of the body of Christ. And I don´t think that we are going to see a great sweeping revival that is going to turn the world to Christ at anytime. I think the apostle James answered that in the first council of Jerusalem when he said that God´s purpose of this age is to call out a people for His name. And that´s what God is doing today; He´s calling the world for His name. Whether they come from the Muslim world or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, the non-believing world, they are members of the body of Christ because they have been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their heart that they need something that they don´t have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I believe that they are saved, and that they are going to be with us in Heaven. Schuller: What I hear you saying is that it´s possible for Jesus Christ to come into a human heart and soul and life, even if they´ve been born in darkness and have never had an exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of what your saying? Graham: Yes it is. Because I believe that. I´ve met people in various parts of the world, in Tribal situations, that they have never seen a Bible, or never heard a Bible, and never heard of Jesus, but they believed in their heart that there was a God and they tried to live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community in which they lived