A newspaper article by Lloyd Streeter
An unsaved man said to me recently, “Well, I think all religions are pretty much alike. All of them lead to Heaven if the followers are sincere.”
The ideas expressed by my unsaved friend are commonly accepted. Many individuals think that there are many roads to Heaven. Unfortunately, those ideas do not agree with what Jesus said.
In John, chapter 10, verse 9, Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.”
The words of Jesus will sound intolerant to some people, but His words are absolutely true. The fact is, there is only one door to Heaven.
In John, chapter 14, verse 6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Please note, dear reader, that the words of our Lord do not allow for more than one way to Heaven. He said “I am the way.” He did not say, “I am a way,” but rather, “I am the way.” There is only one way to Heaven; God has only one plan of salvation.
The Bible says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Some people think that church membership is a right way to Heaven, but that is the way to eternal death. Some people think that being a good person is a right way to be saved, but that is the way of eternal death. The same can be said of man’s hopes to be saved by baptism, by keeping the Ten Commandments, and by living by the Golden Rule. All of them are the way to eternal death.
Jesus is our substitute. He shed His precious Blood on Calvary’s cross to pay the penalty for our sins. All who place their faith in Him will be saved. This is God’s way to Heaven. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Paul and Silas were asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Their answer was consistent with all of the rest of the Bible when they replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Yes, it may fly in the face of what many think, and it may go against common logic, but the fact is that Jesus is the only way that anyone can be saved. God has made provision for sinners to be saved, and His provision is absolutely the only plan that He will accept.
“But,” some will say, “that is too exclusive. That is too narrow. God should accept more than one way to be saved.”
My friends, may I remind you that Jesus Christ is the Sovereign of the Universe, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that is in them. And He can make entrance into His Heaven on His own basis. Only He can say who shall enter into salvation. We must be saved God’s way or not at all.
Peter said in Acts, chapter 4, verse 12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” That verse means that only Jesus can save us. The Baptist name will not save you. The Presbyterian name will not save you. The Methodist name will not save you; nor the Catholic name, nor the Seventh Day Adventist name, nor any other name. Only Jesus saves! The Bible says, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Noah’s ark was a type of Christ in His saving ability. Noah was a saved man (Genesis 6:9) who was instructed by the Lord to build an ark to save them that would believe (Gen. 6:13-16). God instructed Noah to put only one door in the ark (v. 16). Those who believed the Word of God could come into the ark when judgment came. God sent His judgment upon all unbelievers in the form of a great world-wide flood, and the ungodly drowned and went down to Hell (Gen. 7:23). But Noah and his believing family were safe because they entered in by the one door, “and the Lord shut him in” (Gen. 7:16).
There is a gospel chorus which the children sing in Sunday school and which expresses the truth of the Bible. It says, “There’s one door; and only one; And, yet, its sides are two, inside and outside. On which side are you?”
A man was fighting a forest fire. All around him, seemingly, the fire burned. He looked for a way to escape the flames, but saw none. Soon he would be destroyed in the fast-approaching inferno. A pilot flying above the flames could also see that the man was becoming trapped, but he could see that there was yet one way out. The pilot flew low over the firefighter and dropped an object with a note attached. The note said, “Only one way out, come this way.” By going in the same direction as the plane, the firefighter got out, and was safe.
God looked down and saw our awful condemnation for sin. He sent His Son down to pay our sin debt. Now, He says to you, “There is only one way out, only one way to be saved; come this way.”
If you have never received God’s Son as your Savior, do it today. He is the only way to Heaven.