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Christianity Is Exclusively Inclusive

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Sermon shared by Ronald Shultz

March 2003
Summary: Is it right to say that Jesus is the ONLY way? Unless you deny the Word, you better preach the truth and He is the truth and the only way!
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Christianity Is Exclusively Inclusive

It is often said that Christianity or at least some sects of Christianity are too exclusive or intolerant in that they do not accept any other faiths as valid and even reject other sects of Christianity. There is a lot of truth in that accusation. The question is whether the accusation should be taken as a criticism and thus provoking change or as an affirmation that truth is being presented to the world and the world is rejecting it as has been prophesied and indeed is recorded throughout history.
Since the Garden of Eden mankind has asked, "Yea hath God said…?" and each time God responds with an affirmative they question still more. Mankind is rather stubborn or stiffnecked as the KJV puts it. We do not like to be told what to do and certainly not that there is only one-way to do it. Tell a person, "No" and he will most surely do it despite any consequences. That is primarily why the jails are so full. Say that it has to be your way and you will see him nearly kill himself if need be to prove you wrong and do it some other way. Now, whether the project will be done as well is another story but it will be at least done another way.
We like options and we do not like guilt. That is why we are in the current age of "tolerance." All ideas are equal in the public forum and we must accept all these ideas as valid and having worth. Oddly, the promoters of this concept are the least tolerant of all and reject the claims of biblical Christianity as worthless and not to be tolerated and the only absolute is that there are no absolutes, which are ludicrous and extremely bigoted and prejudicial premises. Yet, they claim to have no prejudices and hate bigotry. I will explain "biblical" Christianity later.
Thus Christianity does pose a problem in this age because God does not think in those terms. Since He created the universe and all that is in it He expects to be the one making the rules, which He has said are for our own good. (Deut 10:13; Joshua 23:14) However, if you break the rules you pay the consequences. (Deut 11:17; Josh 23:11-13) Even an atheist would tell you that if you rebel against the law of gravity by jumping from a ten-story building unaided by a parachute or bungee cord that you will die when you hit the ground. We have crowded jails because men must pay the consequences of breaking human laws so why is it so hard to understand that God might have laws or principles that must be obeyed?
God also states that He, and He alone, is Lord and sovereign. That is pretty exclusive.

Isa 45:5-6
5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. (KJV)

I can already hear the opposition whining that I am using Scripture and they do not recognize it as coming from God. Well, they are prejudiced, not me. The definition for prejudice is as follows:

prejˇuˇdice (prčjše-dîs) noun
1. a. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts. See synonyms at predilection. b. A preconceived preference or idea.
2. The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions.
3. Irrational suspicion or hatred of
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