Summary: This is a sermon series on false religions and cults and how they differ from Christianity
What do you believe?
Three S’s of false religions
A. Today I want to start a series called “What do you believe?” We are
going to talk about some of the major false religions that we are faced
with today and why Christianity is different from them.
B. Many Christians today are so 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.
C. Over the next several weeks we will look at the beliefs of the Jehovah
Witnesses, the Mormons, Scientology, and Islam.
Why am I doing this teaching?
A. I am not teaching this series so you can argue with the Mormons,
Jehovah Witnesses or Muslims. Last week I had two Jehovah Witnesses stop
at my house. I just told them I was not interested in talking to them
and sent them on their way. I could have invited them into my house and
spent an hour arguing with them about how they are wrong.
B. I have done that in the past. In my years of experience I have not
found it profitable to argue with people about different religions,
especially those who are totally indoctrinated. But, I have found it
beneficial to talk to people who are looking for truth and are being
lead down the path of a false religion, like a relative or a friend or a
co worker, especially if they are asking me questions.
C. 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. The
second reason to equip you so that you can help others who are open and
looking for truth.
Three signs of false religions (3 S’s)
A. There are three clear signs that a religion is a false religion. I
call them the three “S’s.” They stand for Savior, Salvation, and
Scripture. All false religions differ from the Christian view on these
three major issues. Let’s take a few minutes to look at how they differ.
Savior: All false religions change who Jesus really was. They do not
believe that He is the ‘only way’ to heaven. John 14:6
A. All false religions change who Jesus really is. They usually will
recognize that He was a good man. Some even recognize that He was a
prophet, but they don’t teach that He was truly the Son of God and that
He claimed to be the ‘only way to salvation.”
B. Jesus said many times that He was the only way to reach God. Turn to
John 14:6 and read, “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes
to God BUT BY ME.”
C. CS Lewis wrote a book called “Mere Christianity” in it he challenges
those who say that Jesus was just a good man. How many good men do you
know go around telling people that they are the ONLY WAY to get to
God.What would you say to me, if I told you “I was the ONLY way to reach
D. This is where Jesus is different from all other leaders of false
religions. He claimed to be the way. Others only claimed to ‘show the
way.’ Either Jesus was who He said He was, the Savior, the ‘only way’ or
He was a heretic or crazy person. He could not have been a good man!
This is one of the more difficult issues for people to deal with. How
can there be only one way to heaven? Yet if we say we are followers of
Jesus then we have to decide to follow His teachings or to deny His
Salvation: All false religions teach there are other ways to be cleansed from sin, i.e. good works Titus 3:5
A. All false religions struggle with the Christian view of grace. All
false religions teach that we must do good deeds to earn our way to
B. Let’s turn to Titus 3:5 and read what Paul wrote about this, “not by
works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He
saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy
Spirit.” Paul also taught in Ephesians 2:5-8 “even when we were dead in
trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been
saved), For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of