Religious Pluralism - Christians Can't Compromise on the Exclusivity of Christ
KING: John MacArthur, you believe that Muslim people, the Islamic people, are wrong. Their beliefs are wrong.
MACARTHUR: That's right. And this is not some personal belief of mine. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life..."
KING: Yes, but if they don't believe that...
MACARTHUR: "…no man comes to the Father but by me."
KING: You must believe that too, Father.
MANNING: I believe very much that the love of God is strong. Jesus -- Jesus loves all people. Jesus died for all people and I can't imagine...
KING: He died for the Muslims, too?
MANNING: Of course he did. Of course he did. And he loves them with a passion.
KING: You believe that, too, right?
MACARTHUR: Well, I believe God loves his creatures, his creations. But in the end, he's going to condemn to an eternal hell all those who reject his Son, Jesus Christ.
KING: All of them?
MACARTHUR: All who reject his Son Jesus Christ, the Bible says, are condemned to eternal punishment.
MANNING: But Jesus rejoices when his Father is glorified. And when a Muslim or Jew glorifies the Father, I can't imagine Jesus coming and saying, "Oh, well. When are you going to look at me?" The joy of Jesus is the glorification of God.
JONES: Well, [as to this war] there is perfect reason to have legitimate disagreement. But the issue that we can't disagree on is the authority of the Bible, the exclusivity of the Savior, Jesus Christ, who alone can say, "there's no name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."
Religious Pluralism - A Question of Truth, Not Tolerance
Religious pluralism is obvious within the Christian church today, as revealed dramatically by the foregoing transcript. Some would say this is great, revealing a new message of tolerance for the world. However, Jesus Christ didn't mince words when He declared, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Religious tolerance is fine, but it can't change the true meaning of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
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