Seth Udinski, FISM News
In a troubling survey conducted by Probe Ministries, many millennial Christians do not believe that Jesus is the only way to be saved.
Roughly 3,000 born again Christians between the ages of 18 and 39 were asked the question, “Is Jesus the only way to be saved?” The poll states that being “born again” means:
Someone who has made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today, and when asked “What will happen to you after you die,’ they answer “I will go to heaven because I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.”
According to the poll, 60% believe that other religions, such as Islam and Buddhism, can also lead to salvation. In response to a separate question, roughly 30% either believe Jesus was sinful while on earth, or are not sure.
These answers would not be surprising if, for example, the poll was conducted among students on a secular college campus where pluralism is the dominant worldview. What makes these findings so troubling is that they come from within the church. The majority of self-proclaimed born-again Christians are claiming that Jesus is not the only way to be saved, thereby undercutting core and vital tenants of the gospel, such as justification by Christ alone. This can lead to other fatal errors as well, such as a disregard for Jesus’ divinity, and an abandonment of the necessity for His once-for-all substitutionary atonement.
These results reveal a terrible lack of sound doctrine and strong biblical teaching in the next generation of Christians. This is all the more reason to pray that God would fill the pulpits of local churches with faithful pastors who will preach the true gospel. But it is not just pastors. We need to preach the gospel to ourselves every day – the gospel that our Lord so clearly defined in His perfect life. Jesus said this at the end of His earthly ministry, in John 14:6,
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.