No Other Gospel

by Jacob Hudgins

Bible in handAnd there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”(Acts 4:12).

We live in a postmodern world. That means that in our time there is movement away from absolutes. All truth must be contextualized. What is true for you may not be true for me. And perhaps most importantly, claims of exclusivity—claims to be the only way—are considered reprehensible and intolerant. So in our time we must reaffirm the clear truth of the gospel: that Jesus is the only way to God, and to miss him is to have no hope.

Paul warns the Galatians, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed”(Gal 1:6-8). Read these verses carefully. There is no other gospel—no other path to the pleasure of God—than the one revealed by Christ’s apostles. Anyone peddling a fake path deserves condemnation. Paul takes no middle ground that would accept multiple gospels or varying interpretations. There is no other gospel.

Peter declares before the Sanhedrin, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”(Acts 4:12). No other person provides salvation. No other name contains the power to save. There is no other way.

Jesus himself asserts, “‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’”(John 14:6). The words could not be clearer. Jesus is the way to the Father—and there is no other way. All roads do not lead to heaven—only Jesus’ road goes to the Father.

It is the highest insult to take titans of faith like Paul, Peter, and even Jesus and pat them on the head as if they are backwards and unenlightened. It is a grave error to believe that the time in which we live somehow changes the essential character of Jesus and his message. But if Jesus is not the only way, can we really believe in his miracles—his teaching—his sacrifice? Did he have to die at all?

Jesus is the only way to God, and to miss him is to have no hope. Where do you stand?

Last modification: Thu 19 Jul 2018