As I pointed out the other day in A simple way to out theologically Liberal Christians for the tares and wolves that they are, it is a plain and repeated teaching in the Bible that Jesus is the only way to salvation. The world hates that message, as do theologically Liberal/Progressive people who call themselves Christians. They rarely have any idea how repeated and clear that teaching is.
Stand to Reason offers a great booklet listing 100 passages teaching that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Just flip open the New Testament and start reading. You’ll find that little makes sense outside that truth. If you claim to be a Christian this a view you must hold.
But when I read the Bible I often come across more and more passages that affirm that truth that aren’t in the list of 100. I was listening to 2 Timothy 2 the other day and noticed all these truths, none of which make sense if other religions are equally valid paths to God. Here are the verses (in italics) along with my reasoning.
2 Timothy 2 (ESV)
1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus – it isn’t in someone else.
3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. – He is the leader.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel – Paul’s Gospel is all Jesus, all the time.
10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. – Salvation is in Jesus.
11 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. – Multiple notations there – by implication, if we die without him we will live without him. You deny him, He denies you.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. – This doesn’t apply to the theme of this, but I love that verse! It should be one of the first verses people learn. We won’t be perfect, but we should do our best to read the Bible properly. There are right and wrong ways to do it, and it is shameful to do it improperly.
19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” – Some are his, and some are not. Believers name the name of the Lord.
24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. – You are his servant or you are not his servant. Those who don’t follow him are opponents.
God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. – They are with him or they are in the snare of the devil, captured by him to do his will.
Keep in mind that none of that chapter was in the Stand to Reason booklet. There are well over 100 passages teaching this vital truth. Christians should never deny it. The early Christians called themselves the Way for a reason. It isn’t bad news that there is “only” one way, it is Good News that there is a way at all! Do not sit in judgment of God and demand an additional way out of your problem of sin. Just fall on your knees and accept his grace.