Here is why I was shocked.
Jesus said himself, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6)." He goes on to say in verse 7, "If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well." Romans 6:23 reads, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." We deserve eternal death, but God gave us the gift of eternal life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
Question: If a Christian goes on to believe that there is more than one way to enter Heaven, how does this affect the way he lives his life as a testimony for others to follow?
We are commissioned by Jesus Christ to do the following in Matthew 28:19-20:
- Go (we take action, do something, not just read our Bible study books, attend church, and feel good).
- Make disciples
- Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (we get new believers)
- TEACHING them to obey everything commanded by Jesus
Question: How does your approach or intensity towards ministry shift in light of the Great Commission? Why do so many Christians view Matthew 28:19-20 as a light suggestion rather than a clear instruction from God? What can we as Christians do to change that?
It is not enough to simply gain new believers into God's kingdom. We have an obligation to teach our new believers and our current believers Biblical truth because that is what God has called us to do. For some of us who do not feel comfortable or confident in Scripture, we owe it to ourselves and to our fellow Christians to get confident and understand the Bible. This does not happen overnight. It is a process that occurs in combination of private, solo study and study among small groups in fellowship. Discipleship should be at the core of everything we do in our ministry, we need to train up our Christians in the way they should go.