Jesus said, “Whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16b). “And whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). All humans are included in God’s great plan of salvation. The call is to all. God absolutely loves all men. He absolutely wants all men to make it to heaven. He wants all men to come to repentance and faith in His Son Jesus Christ, but they have to do it according to the plan He has set in motion and not their own version of it.
There is a damnable doctrine of inclusion or universalism that is becoming widespread, which says the following:
1. Everyone is going to heaven, whether they know it or not.
2. Conversion to Christianity is not necessary for salvation.
3. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are all on the same path to the same God, and will all wind up in the same place.
4. God loves, uses, and anoints gays just like He does heterosexuals.
Although true salvation is free and available to all, the terms are non-negotiable and Jesus said that only a minority would possess it.
Then one said to Him, ‘Lord, are there few who are saved?’ And He said to them, Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Lk 13:23-24)
According to Jesus, many will seek entrance to salvation but won’t be able to pass through the narrow gate. We know Jesus is the only way. He is the narrow gate.
There is no other name by which a man can be saved except by the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12).
There is no other way to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6).
He who believes this gospel shall be saved and he who does not believe shall be damned (Mk. 16:16).
It’s pretty simple.
There is not a hint of inclusion in any of these scripture references, or an alternative way to salvation. No loopholes exist.
Unless they come by way of Jesus Christ, not only are all Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and every non-Christian religion excluded from salvation, but even professing Christians whose hearts and lives show no evidence of saving grace shall be excluded.
But not everyone who calls Jesus Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven (Mat. 7:21).
Many who profess to know God deny Him in works (Tit. 1:16)
Many who call Him Lord don’t do what He says (Lk. 6:46).
Many praise Him with their mouths, but their hearts are far from Him (Mat. 15:8).
Words are cheap. It is your life that speaks.
So as you can see, these scriptures actually and more accurately depict a doctrine of exclusion for those who do not come to God through His Son Jesus Christ and do works that prove their faith is genuine.
Hard words but true words.
Furthermore, throughout the Bible we see a pattern of not more, but less people who either qualify for salvation or promotion in God’s kingdom.
Consider these numbers:
In the days of Noah only a few souls believed the word of the Lord and were saved from an earth-destroying flood. Of all the people God delivered from Egypt, twenty years old and upward, God said only two would enter the land of promise (Numb 32:11-12). Out of 32,000 of Gideon’s men only 300 qualified and passed God’s test to be chosen to deliver Israel (Jud 7). One of every four who hear the Word of God ever produce fruit (Mk 4), and approximately 8 of 100 bring forth one hundred fold fruit.
One hundred twenty disciples out of the multitudes Jesus ministered to were waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1, 2). And a few in a Christian church in the city of Sardis were undefiled and worthy to walk with Jesus (Rev 3).
Jesus said narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life (Mat 7:14). Why do we attempt to make it broad and easy?
Beware of false prophets and broad-minded preachers.