Sunday, December 26, 2010

Most American "evangelicals" believe "good people" in other religions can go to Heaven

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Psalms 14:1-3

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; I Timothy 2:5

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified...
...I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Galatians 2:16, 21

It's becoming more apparent every day that it's questionable how many people who claim to be "evangelicals" are actually Christians. As reported by Stephanie Samuel in the Christian Post on December 17, 2010:

The majority of Protestants and evangelicals believe that good people and people of other religions can go to heaven, according to author David Campbell.

Campbell, who co-wrote American Grace, How Religion Divides and Unites Us, contends that surveys of 3,000 Americans, used to write the book, show that American people of faith, though devout, are very tolerant. So much so that most believers also believe that good people, despite their religious affiliation, can go to heaven.

Among the faiths, 83 percent of evangelical Protestants agreed that good people of other religions can go to heaven. Ninety percent of black Protestants also believe good people can go to heaven.

When prodded further, more than half – 54 percent – of evangelical Protestants said yes, people of religions other than Christianity can go to heaven. Sixty-two percent of black Protestants agreed with the statement.

I have to take issue with Council on Foreign Relations member (i.e., wolf in sheep's clothing) Richard Land's comment:

While Land said it is possible for Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and even Catholics to follow the tenants of their faiths and have salvation in Jesus Christ, he stated that the same is not true for Buddhists, Muslims and Mormons.

I very much dispute the belief that one can have salvation in Jesus Christ while following the tenets (not "tenants") of the Roman Catholic church, which, in its official teachings--the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent and the documents of the first and second Vatican Councils--actually anathematize the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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