A recent article in the Christian Post (click HERE to read) reveals some astounding statistics. Well, maybe they aren’t so astounding. The article is based on results of large survey that was recently completed. Here is the most disturbing statistic coming out of this survey:
“Among the faiths, 83 percent of evangelical Protestants agreed that good people of other religions can go to heaven. Ninety percent of black Protestants also believe good people can go to heaven.”
When these two numbers are combined, it is safe to say that over 83% of those claiming Christianity in the U.S. aren’t Christians at all. How can I say this? Easy. Scripture makes it extremely clear that being a “good person” never saved anyone, regardless of what faith they profess.
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. Romans 3:20 (NLT)
Scripture also makes it extremely clear that faith in the atonement offered by Christ is the only way to salvation.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NLT)
If you think this sounds narrow, you’re right, it is. Christ claimed exclusivity in no uncertain terms, and to say that salvation is not exclusive to Christ is to call Him a liar. Perhaps the Christian Post article should have been entitled “Over 83% of U.S. Christians Think Jesus is a Liar”. Folks, please take this article as a wake up call. It is time to start explaining Law and Gospel to everybody, even those claiming Christianity, and even those people who go to church. Those who are truly saved will by no means be offended, and the religious lost need to hear the true Gospel message, because they obviously aren’t hearing it anywhere else. If they were, the results of this survey would be dramatically different.
We are all guilty of breaking God’s Law, and the consequence is physical death and eternal punishment. Salvation comes through faith. A faith that clings to Christ’s death on the Cross. A belief that He paid your punishment. A belief that (like all true beliefs) affects your actions and is reflected in a lifetime of repentance and servitude to your Lord.
So, you tell me. Is it true that over 83% of U.S. Christians… aren’t? With salvation coming only through Christ crucified, and only through faith in that fact, there is no other conclusion possible.