“Sixty-five percent of Americans who claim a religious affiliation take a non-exclusivist view of salvation, saying that many religions can lead to eternal life. Less than one-quarter say theirs is the one true faith leading to eternal life” (PWB, 10.16.09).
In today’s world, perhaps even in yesterday’s world, partisanship reigns supreme. In politics, I support my political party, and not yours; in football, my team is best, and yours is just part of the rest. Political parties, football teams, and anything else of this world is of no real consequence. That which is of great consequence is the Lord Jesus and His way. This includes His church. In Acts 4:12, Scripture teaches that there is no other name under heaven given to man whereby a person can be saved. The name of Jesus and His salvation is an exclusive matter. When Jesus said He would build His church (Matthew 16:13-19), those who would be part of the saved will be in His church (Ephesians 5:25-27), and they will refuse to be in any church with the name of a man assigned to it or any otherwise name assigned by man. Christmas just passed, would it not have been a good thing to think on Jesus’ mission (Luke 19:10) rather than worshipping His birth? Surely, it would, and that is what we should all do.