Summary: My goal is to convince you that all roads do not lead to heaven, but that any spiritual road that is not paved with the blood of Jesus is only a road to hell! Any road that’s not covered with the gold of heaven is only covered with the fool’s gold of hell

“Do All Roads Lead To Heaven?”

Romans 4:5-8

My goal today is to convince you that all roads do not lead to heaven, but that any spiritual road that is not paved with the blood of Jesus is only a road to hell! Any road that’s not covered with the gold of heaven is only covered with the fool’s gold of hell!

Romans 14:5 “Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.”

“Convinced” = assured, persuaded

In one of Peanuts comic strips, Linus and Charlie Brown are engaged in serious conversation.

“I have a theological question,” says Linus, “When you die, and go to Heaven, are you graded on a percentage or on a curve?”

“On a curve, naturally,” Charlie responds.

Linus looks rather puzzled and asks, “How can you be so sure?”

Charlie brightly answers, “I’m always sure about things that are a matter of opinion.”

According to U.S. News & World Report:

78% believed in heaven and believed they were going there. Only 60% believed in hell, but only 4% believed they were going there.

In an article in San Francisco Chronicle 2 months ago about religion in the 21st Century it had a quote from Rev. Mary Kraus who said… “My Congregation would be stunned to hear a sermon on hell.’ Her

Parishioners, she says, are ‘upper middle class, well-educated critical thinkers’ who view God as ‘compassionate and loving, not

someone who’s going to push them into eternal damnation.”

The natural question I have, by whose standard are you depending on to keep you out of hell? If you ask the Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, New Ager or even some Christians…you will get wildly different answers!

Dr. Wayne Dyer writes in his book, “Your Sacred Self”… “That glowing celestial light and to let you know the wonder of having your sacred self triumph over demands of the ego… which wants more than anything to hold you back.”

Hollywood Produce Marty Kaplan said in Time Magazine June 1996… “What attracts me to meditation was its apparent religious neutrality. You don’t have to believe anything…I was happy to learn that 90% of meditation was about showing up.”

In the “Watchtower” the JW says…“We conclude that the Watchtower theology it is not God’s sovereign grace that saves even then 144,000, but rather man who saves himself by grasping the ransom, by showing himself worthy of being selected as a member of the anointed class…”

In the Koran, Sura 23:104,105 “In the Day of Judgment they whose balances shall be heavy with good works, shall be happy; but they whose balances shall be light, are those who shall lose their souls, and shall remain in hell forever.” “God loves those who cleanse themselves.”

Masonic leader Rev. Joseph Fort says in, “The Masonic Lodge Temple Edition of The Bible”… “By the honor which Masonry pays to the Bible, it teaches us to revere every book of faith…joining hands with the man of Islam as he takes the oath of the Koran, and with the Hindu as he makes covenant with God upon the book that he loves best…Masonry invites to its altar men of all faiths, knowing that, if they use different names for the nameless one of a hundred names, they are praying to the One God and Father of all; knowing that while they read different volumes, they are in fact reading the same vast Book of the faith of Man as revealed in the struggle and sorrows of the race in its quest for God.”

But Peter says in Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Paul states in Ephesians 2:8,9 “For by grace are you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift from God, not of works lest anyone should boast.”

Can all of these views be right? Somebody stop the spiritual spin!!

Why Depend on The Bible For Salvation?

1. Because of it’s Reliability.

It contains no contradictions and no error.

Titus 1:2 “God cannot lie…”

Since we must take God at His word, we must depend on Him to give us eternal life truths!

Psalm 119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth and every one of Your righteous judgments endure forever.”

Luke 16:17 “It is easier for heaven to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.”

Spiritual truth despite what liberal scholars say, does not fall into gray areas, but is always black and white. What does come into gray areas are certain passages that we don’t understand completely. For example:

- End time prophecy. The book of Daniel, Revelation…

There is no room for broad-mindedness in a chemical laboratory. Water is composed of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. The slightest deviation from the formula – is not allowed.

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