Exposing the False Teachers of the 21st Century (Titus 1:10) (Hyper Grace) [Print Document]
[Billy Graham said:] "[...] whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think that they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven." [A.]
[Robert Schuller said:] "What, what I hear you saying that it's possible for Jesus Christ to come into human hearts and soul and life, even if they've been born in darkness and have never had exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of what you're saying?" [A.]
[Billy Graham said:] "Yes, it is, because I believe that. I've met people in various parts of the world in tribal situations, that they have never seen a Bible or heard about a Bible, and never heard of Jesus, but they've believed in their hearts that there was a God, and they've tried to live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community in which they lived." [A.] [End quote]
Confessing that "Buddha has the light", or that "Muhammad is the prophet of Allah", or that "Joseph Smith has the light", and doing good works does not save anyone. Only by confessing with one's mouth the Lord Jesus and believing in one's heart that God had raised Jesus from the dead is one saved (see Romans 10:9-10).
C.S. Lewis promoted the same dangerous false teaching as Billy Graham did. Lewis wrote these startling words in Mere Christianity:
God said in His Word, the Bible, through Paul, that the nations of the world should seek the Lord, and if it is true that they are seeking God, then they verify by contact and find God because He is "...not far from every one of us...".
Acts 17:27 says: "That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:"
Notice that in Acts 17, Paul never said they would be saved by concentrating on any part of their religion? Paul never said that they would be saved by their works or by being separate from evil things that their own people did? In Romans 1, God had Paul write:
" For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,"
Notice verse 20? God's creation, human beings, understood the truth about God, but they refused to seek God, and rejected Him. Remember how Paul (a.k.a. Saul) had a vision when he was on the road to Damascus? Jesus appeared to Paul (Saul) and showed him the truth about Who He is. At that time, Paul was called Saul, and he was hunting down Christians to arrest and bring back to Jerusalem.
" And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
After that experience, Paul became a born-again Christian and began preaching the Gospel.
Jesus does appear to people and shows them the truth about Who He is. There are many testimonies of Muslims turning to Jesus Christ for salvation, and leaving Islam. They are persecuted by their families for becoming Christians, but they love Jesus and are willing to count the cost of following Him.
So, the false teaching that lost souls can be saved through their religions is unbiblical and dangerous. Another dangerous teaching that many Christians have accepted is that once you are saved and born-again, you "never" truly need to repent because they think you can "never" fall away.
[2 Timothy 4:2-5]
" Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."
The main reason Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit, and lied about how much they received from selling their land, was greed (Acts 5). They loved money more than they loved God. And, they preferred to do their own will over God’s will. Having hearts that were very hardened against God, they forsook the truth for money (Luke 16:13). That is why God had to strike them down. They were not God’s sheep because they did not follow Jesus and walk in His way (John 10). They followed after their fleshly natures, and not God.
Sin is destructive to those who give place to it. Cain killed Abel out of jealousy, pride, and bitterness (Genesis 4). Romans 6:16 says: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
[B.] Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. "Nice People or New Men [chapter]." http://pdbooks.ca