Sad but true: via StreetFishing: Author: Most Evangelicals Believe Good People are Heaven-Bound —
The majority of Protestants and evangelicals believe that good people and people of other religions can go to heaven, according to author David Campbell.
Campbell, who co-wrote American Grace, How Religion Divides and Unites Us, contends that surveys of 3,000 Americans, used to write the book, show that American people of faith, though devout, are very tolerant. So much so that most believers also believe that good people, despite their religious affiliation, can go to heaven.
I wouldn’t describe those people as “tolerant.” A more accurate term would be “ill-informed,” “wrong,” or even “rebellious.”
The Bible teaches 100+ times that Jesus is the only way to salvation and you can’t flip too many pages in the Old Testament without seeing strong warnings not to worship other gods. Here is just one of those passages:
1 John 5:12-13 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Those things aren’t what make the claims true, of course. We have other evidence for that. But no Christian should ever claim that other paths lead to God. At best people who say that are “saved and confused.”
Biblical ignorance in the church is appalling, especially on matters as clear and foundational as this. It isn’t like I’m expecting people to compare and contrast the various views of eschatology (end times). This is simple “everyone is a sinner, Jesus is the Savior” stuff. If churches can’t get that right, then why do they exist?
If you are a Christian, please commit to doing everything you can to study more yourself and encourage others to do the same.