This article was part of my devotional this morning and made me groan inwardly. It is a sober and challenging read for sober and challenging times. It's also sad that most professing Christians don't know how to defend their faith. And I don't mean arguing with people or trying to be confrontational with your neighbor. But let's be mindful that we are exhorted to defend what we believe - nevertheless - but with meekness and in the fear of God, not men. It's high time to get some courage, draw a line in the sand and confidently make our witness count - at work, at school, at the marketplace, at the ball field - wherever. After reading the latest Pew Forum Report on Religion and Public Life polls, you have to wonder if many churches are now irretrievably fallen and apostacized. The report seems to reflect a type of Christian schizophrenia going on. For example, of the 35,000 people polled, a majority "want their religion to preserve its traditional beliefs and practices rather than adjust to new circumstances". Yet on the other hand, about 57 percent of those same folks do not believe their religious faith is the only way to salvation. Say what?!
Which part of traditional Christianity has not believed that Jesus is the only way to salvation except the apostate church?? Even the heretical faiths, like the Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, or Word Faith churches have a central place for Jesus as the way to salvation. Biblical truth then, seems to have lost its compelling hold on the minds of many so-called mainstream Christians. But either Jesus was telling the truth - or he wasn't - when he stated very plainly: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6) So how is it come a majority of the Christians believe that Jesus may not be the only way? Truth is dying the death of a thousand cuts. Political correctness is now rampant. There is nothing wrong with the American tradition of acknowledging religious pluralism, but many folks have now come to confuse pluralism of religions with relativism of truth. Just because we have many different religions in no way suggests that all of them are correct. Somebody's got to be wrong because truth, by definition, is exclusive.
I leave you with this quote from Ravi Zacharias:
"Most people believe that all religions are fundamentally the same, yet superficially different. I propose that it's the opposite: All religions are superficially the same but are fundamentally different."
That the faith must be defended from without and from within now truly seems to be the case.
Baruch Hashem and Soli Deo Gloria!