One of the most convicting things about pluralistic Christians is how radically their actions differ from their professed beliefs. Oh, we are all hypocrites at times, but their hypocrisy is foundational.
A pluralist is one who believes that all religions (or at least most of them) lead to God, and that Jesus is not the only way to salvation.
Now anyone who has actually read the Bible should realize that you can’t take it seriously and conclude that Christianity teaches that all paths lead to God. The Old Testament has countless warnings and consequences about following other gods, and the New Testament teaches 100 times directly or indirectly that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Just open the book anywhere any see what I mean. Pluralism just doesn’t make sense in light of the Bible.
To paraphrase something Edgar recently mentioned, try to imagine this conversation:
Pharaoh: We both worship the same God, so what’s the big deal?
Moses: Oh, good point. Never mind about that Exodus thingy.
But here is where their hypocrisy is most evident. If they really believed what they taught, then they would sent out reverse missionaries on a “Great De-Commision” to tell Christians (and other religions, for that matter) to worship whatever god the local culture follows.
After all, if all these paths lead to the real God, then repenting and trusting in Christ is just a preference, not a requirement. Why should anyone endure suffering for the name of Christ if religions such as Hinduism and Islam are merely different roads to the same place?
But these people never send out reverse missionaries. They just sit in their churches either not really believing in Jesus or being too afraid to preach the truth. They don’t obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.), but they also don’t implement the Great De-Commission, which would be the logical conclusion of their worldview. They don’t tell go through the world telling people that all religions are equally valid paths to God and that you should just follow the practices of your local culture.
“Pluralistic Christian” is an oxymoron. It mocks the cross. If these other paths are adequate, why did Jesus have to suffer and die as He did? It mocks the martyrs and the persecuted church. If Hinduism, Islam, etc. are just as valid and we have as much to learn from them as they do from us, as some Liberal Theologians have been known to say, then why are these “fools” suffering for Christ around the world today and why have so many risked or given up their freedom, health and lives throughout history?
If you have supported “pluralistic Christianity” in the past, then I urge you to repent and speak the truth from now on. If you can’t stand up and say that Jesus is the only way, then Christianity may not be for you.