Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Jesus Christ the Lone Refuge

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on April 30, 2008 at 1:24 am

In Noah’s day, the fountains of the earth burst open, and the windows of heaven poured down rain so that the water level on the earth rose higher and higher.  Desperate people may have climbed and huddled together on certain mountain plateaus in hopes of finding a safe refuge, but were eventually drowned, as even the highest peaks “under the heavens” were submerged under water (Genesis 8:19-20).  The earth was a ball of water.  The lone place of refuge was the ark built by Noah.

Noah’s ark is a forerunner type or shadowy preview of God’s only son, Jesus Christ, whose Person and cross-work provide the lone place of refuge for sinners in the coming flood of God’s wrath against sin on judgment day (2 Peter 3:5-7).

Peter told the Sanhedrin, the leaders of the first century Jews, that their rejection of Jesus as Messiah would result in the eternal punishment of their souls.  Regarding Jesus Christ the Nazarene, Peter said, “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  Jesus Himself taught the same: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).  Paul wrote, “There is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

The Bible is clear.  There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ.  Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and all non-Christian religions deceitfully send poor souls up to mountain plateaus that are doomed to drown under the judgment day wrath of God.  This is why we must lovingly warn people of the danger of false religions, and kindly tell people of the wonderful gospel of salvation in Christ alone.

However, this clear teaching of the bible is not popular in today’s politically correct climate.  Even many professing Christians have conformed to the world’s deception, believing that Christianity is not the only way, that there are other ways to becoming right with God apart from Christ.  A movie entitled “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” depicts a Christian missionary in the Amazon rain forest being confronted by a displaced native Amazonian who says: “If the Lord made Indians the way they are, who are you people to make them different?”  In other words, “Who are you to tell us that your Christian way is the right way and only way?!”

We hear this same complaint at secular universities and even liberal “Christian” colleges.  Professors teach students that attempting to convert people is considered intolerant and arrogant, because it is standing in judgment over their unique experience and culture.  How dare Christians claim that their opinions are universally and objectively true?

Jim Leffel writes in his Christian Witness in a Pluralistic Age: “Christian exclusivism, the position that Christianity is the final word on matters of ultimate truth, is not ‘politically correct.’  Sometimes professing faith in Christ, in higher education, is tantamount to admitting that you’re a racist or a sexist.  Most of the time though it’s met with the mantra-like refrain, ‘I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you, but don’t impose your beliefs on me.'”

Such false teaching, which has crept into many books and churches, is leading people by the millions up non-Christian religious mountains, where they’re doomed to be drowned in God’s judgment day wrath against their sins.  Mercy and forgiveness is found only in Jesus Christ, “for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Mark Chanski

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