Yes, Virginia, there is an unholy trinity!
The English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon, often called the “prince of preachers”, had great insight into the dangers, toils, and snares of the Christian life. It’s no wonder that he is often referred to as the last of the Puritans. Like the Puritans of old, he not only had a grasp of the gospel and the Scriptures, but he also had an experiential and biblical understanding of the realities of the Christian life.
There are droves of sermons, books, and articles that speak of the Christian life in almost fairy tale ways. Most of them make the Christian life sound like something out of a movie. They tend to portray a life of abundance, happiness, prosperity, and freedom from any conflict. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that one of the best selling books in most Christian bookstores described the Christian life as the best it gets right here and now. There are so many misleading resources that sadly Christians have become influenced by much of them. We need to get back to what Scripture says about the Christian life, not what the latest religious guru concocts to tickle the ears of the masses.
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Brace yourself – all roads do in fact lead to God.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking this guy has turned into a heretic. You’ve probably been taught and brought up being told that all roads don’t lead to God. Well, that’s true in one sense. But in another very important sense, it’s also true that all roads do lead to God. Let me explain.
You’ve probably been flipping the channel on your TV and stopped on a popular talk show featuring a panel of spiritual people—everyone from Christians to Atheists. Inevitably, someone either from the audience or the host will utter that dreaded phrase, “but all religions lead to God!” As a Christian, you probably cringe when you hear that and your inner instinct is to shout at the television, “there is only one way to God and that one way is Jesus Christ!” And, you’d be right if you qualify what “to God” means.
The Christian faith is clear that there is only one way to be saved. That one way isn’t a method or something that we do. That one way is a person. And that person is Jesus Christ. Jesus made it clear that he alone is the way, the truth, and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through him. But Jesus is speaking about something very specific— salvation. He is speaking about the way in which fallen humanity can come before God in complete forgiveness and the imputed righteousness required to enter his presence. Jesus is speaking of the narrow road that is salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. Oh, and that single road that is salvation is full of dangers, toils, and snares. It’s rocky and a hard path to tread. It’s a difficult road because a new heart that seeks to love God will now have to constantly battle (by God’s grace and strength) sin, the world, and Satan. So, when it comes to salvation and forgiveness, it is false to say that all roads lead to God.
However, in another very important and startlingly terrifying sense, all roads do lead right to God…
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