Evangelism is a vital part of what we do in service to our Lord. We teach and preach truth so that some might hear and come to a knowledge of that same truth. People will be saved through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus there is no hope; there is no salvation.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:11, 12
Culture Rejects Jesus Only
In this multi-cultural-anything-goes world, Jesus is considered one path of many to God. The world rejects the unique savior in favor of god more to their liking. The world desires a god who conforms to their lifestyle rather than the other way around.
There is nothing new in this hodgepodge of religious confusion. Adam and Eve rejected the Creator in favor of the serpent. Abram was called from the pagan world of the Chaldees. The Israelites were enslaved in idol worshipping Egypt. Israel itself would worship idols on many occasions despite repeated warnings from Jehovah through her prophets. In Jesus’ day, Rome ruled an empire wholly given over to idolatry. Who can forget Paul’s consternation at Athens, a city full of idols?
The parade of idol worshipping continues. Today, many worship at the altar of self. They need no stone idol. Instead they bow to their own wants, desires and habits.
Neither an idol of stone nor self can save. Jesus is the only answer.
The Church Must Demand Jesus Only
It is false to teach any doctrine that rejects or discounts Jesus only. We must not even call ourselves a “Christian” if we ignore this most basic claim of our savior. “No one comes to the father except through me.”
The church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:20). The church was bought by his blood (Acts 20:28). How is it possible that the very people who compose the called together body and even consider that Jesus is not the only way to salvation? Yet some in Christendom (1)A broad term including all who claim to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. wish to give a nod to other paths as a possible means of salvation.
If we are to be his servants, we must speak as he speaks. We must teach his teachings and reject all others. We must demand Jesus only for the world.
We began by speaking of evangelism. The world is ready for the message of true salvation. The world needs a clear, unwavering message of truth not clouded by creeds or opinions. We must be making Christians only by teaching Jesus.
What the world needs now is Jesus only!
I would love to hear your thoughts? Are we focusing on Jesus as we should?
Bryant Evans may be reached at bryant at preachersstudyblog.com. You can follow Bryant on Twitter @J_Bryant_Evans.
|A broad term including all who claim to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.