Summary: This is a sermon series that looks at false religions and cults and how they differ from Biblcial Christianity
What Do You Believe? Part 4
A. Today we are continuing our series called “What do you believe?” We
are talking about some of the major false religions that we are faced
with today such as Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons, Scientology and Islam
and why Christianity is different from them. Many Christians today are
confused about what they believe. They are not sure if other religions
are okay or if they are the same as Christianity. Many Christians have
bought into the lie that there are many ways to God and Christianity is
just another one of those ways.
B. When confronted with questions like: “Do you believe good Hindus, good
Moslems, good Jews are going to Hell?” many Christians struggle with an
answer. I have even heard some big time TV preachers struggle with an
answer. Our answer should be along this line, “My authority is the
Bible, God’s Word. God says in His Word that ‘unless one is born again,
he CANNOT see the kingdom of God.” We are also told in John 14:6 that
Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.” And in Acts 4:12 we read, “There is no other
name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved, nor is
there salvation in any other.” So whether you are a Baptist, Catholic,
Presbyterian, Moslem, Jewish or Hindu, if you are not born again as the
Bible states, and have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior the
Bible clearly teaches you will not go to heaven. You see it is not about
what you think or what someone else thinks, what matters is what does
God’s Word say?
C. According to a recent survey almost 60% of people who attend what they
call ‘evangelical’ churches now believe that there is more than one way
to heaven! That is six out of ten Christians! (Survey by Pew Forum) The
survey reveals that ‘most’ Americans have a non-dogmatic approach to
their faith; most do not believe their religion is the only way to
salvation. The survey asked them to choose whether the first or second
statement came closer to their own religious views even if neither was
1. My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life.
2. Many religions can lead to eternal life.
3. Which one would you pick? Almost 60% of evangelical Christians
answered #2 “Many religions can lead to eternal life.”
D. Many people in today’s secular society and even in the church accuse
Christians who hold to the exclusive teaching that Christianity is the
only way to heaven, as being intolerant and dogmatic. I wish to point
out however, that those who insist there are many ways to heaven are the
ones who are INTOLERANT! People who assert their view of many ways
leading to heaven and who reject the Bible’s teaching that there is only
one way, who insist that everyone has to think their way, reveal their
own intolerance and need to be more open minded!
E. We have been using what I am calling the three S’s as a way of
determining whether a religion is true or false. They stand for Savior,
Salvation, and Scripture. All false religions differ from the Christian
view on these three major issues.
1. Savior: All false religions change who Jesus really was. They do not
believe that He is the ‘only way’ to heaven. Usually they follow
another prophet or holy man who is considered as good as Jesus.
2. Salvation: All false religions teach that a person must ‘earn’ their
way to heaven. They don’t believe we are saved by grace, God’s gift.
3. Scripture: All false religions teach that the Bible
is ‘incomplete/outdated’ and there are ‘other’ holy books which
are ‘more’ important.
F. So far we have looked at the beliefs of the Jehovah Witnesses and the
Mormons. Next week we shall look into Scientology. Today we are going to
talk about Islam.
G. Why am I doing this teaching? I am not teaching this series so you can
argue with people of other faiths. The main reason I am teaching this is
to help you establish what it is that you believe so that you are not
lead astray and deceived. Sooner or later every Christian has to come to
grips with what it is that they really believe and if it is really
different than other religions. I want to help you to see
the ‘distinctives’ of your faith. The second reason to equip you so that
you can help others; friends, relatives, and co-workers, who are open
and looking for truth.
(We had invited a converted Moselm to speak at our church)
A. Today we are going to talk about Islam. I have invited Kamalo to come and share with us about the Moslem faith. Could you welcome Kamalo?