54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. 55 Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
Pluralism is the willingness to see all faiths as viable; it is open to accept any person’s belief system as long as it works for them. Pluralism sounds really good and is very tolerant of all people hoping that people just feel good about what they believe. Pluralism then must also accept all faiths as true.
The problem here is one of logic. For if the color red is red then it is not blue. If water is wet then it is not dry. If air is clean then it is not polluted. If Jesus is right then somebody else is wrong. As followers of Jesus Christ, His life, His teachings, and His absolutes, we must always fight the demons of pluralism. For since Jesus is God and since God the Father honors Christ as God and since Jesus is eternal then all belief systems that deny any of these aspects of Christ are in error and are leading people to death, not to life.
God, the eternal creator God of all heaven and of all earth, God who sits on the heavenly throne omniscient, eternal, and omnipresent, God who is holy in every way, and God who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for our sins, this God honored Jesus Christ as God. God knew Jesus Christ before Christ came for God sent Christ from heaven to earth to be His eternal Lamb, our sacrifice. Jesus kept God’s word and retained God’s honor. Therefore, Jesus is God in the flesh and came to be the center of our faith and the center of our lives.
Paul later said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the grace of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” He also said, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
The centrality of Christ is vital to Biblical Christian faith. As I wrote yesterday, John said, “He who has the Son has life.” There is no life outside of the Son therefore pluralism is a lie and all who promote it do not know the Savior. Lost in their sins they want everyone on their playing field and are bitter toward us who think we have the only right way. The problem is that we are not espousing our own thoughts nor our own beliefs but we are espousing the very words and teachings of Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh.
What a joy and thrill it is to serve the Lord Jesus with our time and energy. Last night was another great night of ministering Christ into the lives of many children. I am so thankful that God gives us this opportunity and that through it we are seeing children receive Christ. Tonight is our parent’s night when we have invited the parents to come and to see what their children have learned. They will hear the verses and the songs and of course, the Gospel. Pray with us for parents’ eyes and hearts to be opened to the Savior.
I am so grieved this week by the divisiveness that is happening in our country. Two weeks ago a gorilla was killed to protect a boy and this week four alligators have been killed to try to find the remains of another boy. I am appalled at the people who think the animals have suffered when human lives were at stake. Then the shooting in Orlando and the massive loss of lives there is shrouded by politicians and preachers talking about gun control and whether the shooter was an extremist, a hater, a terrorist, an Islamist or whatever talking point comes up. The Bible says that God takes no delight in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from his ways and be saved. God did not send His judgment on these people. Remember the words of Jesus when he asked if the people thought that the eighteen who died when a tower fell on them were worse sinners? Do you remember his answer? “All of you will also die if you do not repent.”
Let us grieve with those who are grieving today. Care for those in fear. Love those in need of love. Give the truth to those who need the truth but do so with great compassion and love. Invite people to your community of believers where they can find security in Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,