Christmas Brings Good News
Christmas is merry because Jesus was born. When Jesus was born, hope was born. Jesus brought hope to the world. Christmas means the birthday celebration and commemoration of Jesus Christ for coming into the world to save sinners. Although the Bible does not specify the exact birthday of Jesus Christ, it is nothing wrong to celebrate Christmas once a year on December 25th. In fact the whole world rejoices by marking the history of the world designated as B.C. or A.D. However, there are many wrong ideas and bad practices of Christmas which should be rejected.
On Sunday, December 22, 2013 I went to a Chinese church. The topic of the sermon was Good News of Great Joy and the Scriptures cited were
Luk 2:8-11,“In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Note: Both the sermon and the Scriptures were appropriate for the season. To bring good news in Greek is euaggelizō which means to announce glad tidings, the glad tidings of the coming Kingdom of God, and of the salvation to be obtained in it through Christ, and of what relates to this salvation; to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to proclaim the good news that pertain to Christian salvation; - it occurs 95 times in the New Testament. But the poor Chinese preacher delivered his sermon like a funeral service without power and without central message of Jesus Christ. There was no clue or hint of what was good news of great joy. It is not known why many Chinese pastors do not or unable to preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. He talked much about lepers and leprosy which did not relate in anyway to the good news of great joy. An old lady who sat on my left gave a big yawn. Oh, pray God to send the power from on high to revive Chinese churches and evangelize the big Chinese population. The Youth Choir sang A Son Is Given in English while 99 percent of the Chinese congregation does not know the English language. The church is a pulpit for proclamation of the good news of great joy, not a theater of performance. There was once a famous American church, the center of prosperity gospel which was full of theatrics. They even sold tickets for Christmas plays, but Crystal Cathedral went bankrupt and invalidated the founder of prosperity gospel. Sermons and songs must use the language of the people to be understood. As comparison in American the Word of God is choked with materialism, secularism, capitalism, imperialism, sexual deviancy (homosexuality) and the love of money and power which corrupted many churches.
What is the good news of great joy? Sinners can be saved.
1Ti 1:15,“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”
All kinds of sinners can be saved; even the robbers and murderers crucified on
the cross can be saved. The liars and murderers and warmongers of
Jesus says to the people of Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood as well as to pimps and prostitutes,
Luk 13:5, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Mar 1:15,“And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”
How can you be saved? Good news of great joy, it does not require money, merit, position, power, or good deed.
Act 16:31, “They said: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Rom 10:8-10, “But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Will you come now and repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Luk 2:14,“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
And peace on earth, goodwill toward men!”
Note: Peace in Greek is eirēnē which means a state of national tranquility, exemption from the rage and havoc of war; peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord; the way that leads to peace (salvation); a course of life promoting harmony; good order; - it occurs 92 times in the New Testament. Good will in Greek is eudokia which means kindly intent, friendly attitude, benevolence; - it occurs 9 times in the New Testament. Peace has two aspects: Jesus Christ came into the world to die for sinners in order to reconcile men with God so that the redeemed can have peace with God. Those who have peace with God will also have peace with their fellow men.
Historically, since the end of World War II, American leaders have proven to be liars and killers in hundreds of unjust wars and brutal military interventions the United States has incited and killed millions and millions of peoples around the world. Jesus Christ says, Jhn 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Although almost all American presidents and military leaders claim to be Christians, but Jesus Christ defines liars and murderers as children of the devil. During the presidency of Richard Nixon, the only U.S. president who sought a just and lasting peace; I wrote a personal letter to President Leonid Brezhnev of the USSR appealing for peace and arguing against the waste of trillions of dollars on nuclear arms race instead of building a good society for its people. Brezhnev did not respond but I heard some echo about the waste of arms race. Here is a time for peace if American leaders and militarists really want peace. My international readers are the intellectual elites of the world, see and judge for yourself what I propose for peace is rational and reasonable or not. It is a lie to say China is a threat to America or Japan or any Asian nation. It is also a lie to say Russia is a threat to America and NATO. All the United States needs to do are only two steps:
(1). Demolish the Axis of Evil in Asia Pacific:
A. Demilitarize the war crime nation of Japan.
B. Close all American military bases in Asia Pacific and return to North America where the U.S. belongs according to the Monroe Doctrine.
C. Return Taiwan and Diaoyu Islands to China.
D. Cease to interfere or intervene in the internal affairs of nations.
(2). Disband NATO:
A. Shut down all American military bases and missile and anti-missile sites in Asia and Europe.
B. Cease manufacturing and selling weapons of mass destruction.
C. Learn from President Nixon in seeking a just and lasting peace.
D. Give up the empire, regain a respectable Republic.
If American leaders insist and want war, hear the warning of the coming King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ who says:
Mat 26:52, “Then Jesus said to him: Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.”
Although American leaders have escaped the International Criminal Court (ICC), for sure no one can escape the Court of Heaven – the Judgment of God. The decision is yours.
1. Christmas is not a Western or American festival or holiday.
Christmas is joy for all races and peoples of the world.
Luk 2:10, "But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people."
Christmas is not commercialism. Capitalists love Christmas not because they love Jesus, because Christmas is the best season of the year to market their products and services and promote materialism in order to make money. Preachers of prosperity gospel proclaim material and monetary blessings intended to enrich themselves at the expense of their members and followers.
A German beer company used a Christmas tree to advertize and market its beer and liquor. People use Christmas in 1,001 ways for monetary gain. Greedy capitalists do not love Jesus, but they love Christmas as a great season for making money. The Bible says, drunkards will go into Hell. See Who Will Go to Hell on my website.The greatest gift is not material or money.
2. Christianity is not white man's religion.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ reached Europe first and the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its state religion and later became the corrupt Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther protested the false doctrines taught and practiced by the church and instigated reformation to return to the Bible.
3. Christianity is not "manifest destiny" of white people but God manifested in human form as Jesus Christ.
Christianity is not "white man's burden" but the burden of the Lamb of God who bore the sin of the world.
Jhn 1:29，“The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said: Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Western nations have used Christianity to justify their imperialism, colonialism, hegemonism, capitalism, militarism and world domination. The white supremacists historically have done so much evil in the world and in the most un-Christian way.
4. The West is practicing a false version of Christianity.
Europe and America have only the form of Christianity without substantive reality. The Western values of money, power, and sex are contrary to the Christian values of faith, hope, and love. Western imperialism, colonialism, hegemonism, militarism, and capitalism have done great evil in the world.
5. When Christ was born, hope was born.
What hope? The hope of glory
for mortal humanity to inherit immortality. The Messiah promised by God for a
few thousand years finally arrived - the dawn of a new day, the day of
salvation. By repentance and faith in Jesus Christ sinners may have the forgiveness of sins and receive the eternal life.
6. The true meaning of Christmas was proclaimed by the angel.
“But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. To you is born this day in the city of David the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luk 2:10-11)
Gospel means good news. Christ in Greek is Christos which means “anointed” equivalent to Hebrew “Messiah” – the One anointed by God, the Son of God. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Mat 1:21) Jesus means “Jehovah is salvation.” Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind. Jesus is the Christ who can save you from your sins, from eternal damnation in hell.
Commercialism is rampant in the name of Christmas. For example, a hotel hosts a Christmas feast at $300 per person. It would be better to use the $300 to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ or for the furtherance of the Gospel. See the article GIVING on my website. For example, you can use $300 to reach 300 poor persons with the good news by giving one with $1 each and saying: Jesus is the Savior and Jesus loves you. Jesus was born so that you have hope, Jesus died so that you can be saved. Jesus rose from the dead to give you eternal life. That is the true meaning of Christmas.
7. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luk 2:14)
Glory belongs to God. Men need peace. How to have peace? Sinners are enemies of God and the wicked do not have peace. For this reason, Jesus Christ came down from heaven to bring us the Gospel of peace. Christ made peace with God on our behalf through the blood of His cross. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:1) Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose from death for our justification. So anyone who repents and believes in Jesus Christ may have peace with God and receive eternal life.
8. People who have peace with God will also have goodwill toward men.
Those who have malice and ill will are not Christians. Warmongers and aggressors are not Christians. Oppressors and greedy capitalists are not Christians. You cannot be evildoers and call yourselves Christians. Let people turn away from evil and do good. Let us seek peace and pursue it. For Jesus Christ is coming again soon to judge the world and reign and rule with the saints forever and ever.
Christmas brings good news because Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago came down from heaven into the world to die for sinners. The wages of sin is death. Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we may have forgiveness of sins and receive the eternal life in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ rose from the dead so that we may be counted as righteousness before God. The righteous will inherit the Kingdom of God where there will be no pain, no sorrows, no tears, no hunger, no disease, no discrimination, no oppression, no injustice, no war, and no death.
During the Christmas season crooks and criminals are very active and busy in seizing the opportunity of good will to prey on the givers. Have you not already received e-mails of all sorts asking for donation? These are shameless crooks and criminals who get money illegally in the name of charity. They would presumptuously use the name of God or Christ and for the purpose of the Gospel and the poor, in a variety of schemes. Do not give a penny to them. If things do not change, I recall Salvation Army is an honorable charity organization. When I give to what I think deserving beggars on the street, I always give with a message: Jesus loves you.
A Catholic priest wrote, “If Christmas is the season opener, Easter is the Super Bowl.” God does not recognize the Super Bowl; Super Bowl is nothing to God.
Rom 1:4,“Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.” The resurrection of Jesus does prove His divinity. It is not the day that matters, not the church’s liturgical calendar that matters; it is the Word of God that matters. It is silly to argue whether Easter is more important than Christmas or vice versa.
Rom 14:5-6,“One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.”
Gal 4:10-11,“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, lest I have labored over you in vain.” The Roman Catholic Church has many man-made doctrines and traditions of men which are not in the Bible. The Bible never says the Christmas season lasts 12 days or the Easter season lasts 50 days.
What Catholic theologians and scholars say are unimportant. The Gospel of John does not mention the birth of Jesus because the Gospel presents Jesus as the Word, and the Word was God. God certainly did not have a birth day, for God is Self-Existent and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting. Catholics are wrong to believe that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. Mary was a virgin because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Certainly Jesus was not the carpenter’s son; Jesus was the Son of God.
Mat 1:18,“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was conceived before Joseph and Mary came together (had sex). How could Mary remained a virgin in perpetuity when she and Joseph came together and produced sons and daughters?
Mat 13:55-56,“Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
Mar 3:31,“Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.” The Bible does not say how many children Mary had with Joseph, we are told they had 4 sons and daughters, not knowing how many daughters and without giving names of their daughters. There is no Christmas Mass, midnight or not. Mass was a Catholic invention, contrary to the Bible. The Bible teaches about the Lord’s Supper, to remember the death of Jesus Christ.
may have received many Christmas gifts, but if you have not received
the greatest gift of God, Jesus Christ, to be your Lord and Savior; all
material and financial gifts are nothing and will pass away. To receive
Jesus Christ is to receive eternal life.
There is no safe place anywhere in the world. During the Nixon’s presidency, probably in an overall assessment, America was the best country in the world and it was the golden era of American history. In 1975 I went to investigate and study the most advanced civilizations in the world consisting of England, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. By 1976 I concluded weather aside; Norway was the most desirable country in the world. However, the massacre took place in July 2011 announced the paradise was lost in Norway, compounded by the defective Norwegian legal system. You cannot find a good and safe place anymore in the world anywhere. You will be so disappointed no matter where you are and no matter what kind of political system a country might have. Let me tell you the good news, there is a better country if you look up.
Hbr 11:16, “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” One morning I was on my way to church, a female janitor asked me if it would cost money to go. I told her it was free. You can have a better country than anyone on earth and the Holy City the New Jerusalem for free. If only you confess you are a sinner unable to save yourself and believe in Jesus Christ the Savior who died for sinners and rose again from the dead to offer eternal life to whoever comes to Him. This is the good news. December 21, 2012 will not be the end of the world. The end of the world will come when Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of heaven and reign with the saints forever and ever.
A Chinese pastor proudly announced to his congregation that he was back from Denmark, after a 3-month training in social work. No, absolutely not; a servant of Jesus Christ does not do social work however good it may be. Jesus Christian came into the world did not do social work. True, Jesus Christ did healing the sick, all kinds of illness. Jesus Christ cast out demons which possessed human bodies and demons obeyed Jesus and they were afraid to be sent to hell early. Jesus fed the 5,000 hungry people and when they forced to make Him king, Jesus refused and rejected their offer. Jesus Christ did not preach civil rights or equal rights; Jesus Christ came to give all who believe in Him the right to become the children of God.
Jhn 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” Social gospel is not the true Gospel. Political gospel is not the true Gospel. Jesus Christ did not come to do charity work although He cares for the poor.
Mat 11:4-5,“Jesus answered and said to them: Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.” Jesus told the Apostles and early disciples,
He said to them: Go into
all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” The Apostles did not do
the social work.
In America and the West, corporations use Christmas trees to sell liquor and all kinds of products; they love Christmas out of capitalistic greed, not because they love Jesus. In South Korea they erected and lighted a giant Christmas tree tower to engage in psychological war with North Korea. Christianity is NOT a tool of capitalism, imperialism, hegemonism, supremacism and militarism. The leaders of South Korea are practicing a wrong version of Christianity, if they are wise they should break the bondage and yoke of American imperialism, engaging in peaceful negotiation with North Korea and abandoning the destructive policy of Koreans killing Koreans, and cease to be an American frontline to be sacrificed for the unholy American ambition of world domination and dictatorship.
Act 6:2,“So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said: It is not desirable for us to neglect the Word of God in order to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.”
The ministry of the Word, that is the preaching of the Gospel is the primary work of all servants of Christ. Why? There is no good news in social work. The ministry of the Word is to proclaim the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mar 2:17,“And hearing this, Jesus said to them: It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus Christ came into the world to call sinners.
Jhn 12:47,“If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” Jesus Christ came to save the world by dying on the cross for sinners.
1Ti 1:15, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” Jesus Christ came means God became Man, God manifested in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners – that is the good news, that is the true meaning of Christmas. To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the work of all true ministers of Christ.
9. The Message of Christmas.
The Catholic Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas message (2012) did not have character and courage to focus and point out the two greatest threats to peace in the world today are the American imperialists and Islamic terrorists. The Catholic pope failed to pray that the United States cease its imperialism and hegemonism with the goal of world domination, and that the radical Muslims cease its terrorism.
(1). Since the end of World War II the United States has been responsible for most of the unjust wars of aggression that killed millions and millions of innocent peoples around the world. American leaders support of Japanese re-militarization and changing of peace constitution into War Constitution will prepare the way for repeating of the tragedy of World War II. In 1971 the United States violated international law and sovereignty of China in illegally giving administrative control of China's Diaoyu Islands to the war crime nation of Japan; at first Obama said the U.S. took no position, now he said the U.S. will defend Japan against China -- that is sin and crime upon sin and crime, insult added to injury! The U.S. tramples on justice too many times.
(2). The United States in the pursuit of unholy ambition of world dictatorship and domination has done countless evil deeds that brought death, destruction, poverty and misery all over the world.
(3). Right now the United States who had given China’s Diaoyu Islands to the war crime nation of Japan in 1971 has declared to defend Japan in case China uses force to regain Diaoyu Islands – with its allies and rat and rogue nations are equipping and preparing for war of aggression against China to seize the natural resources of the South China Sea and the East China Sea. The aggression, oppression and suppression of the United States may bring in global nuclear holocaust.
(4). The pope urged the North African region to build societies "founded on justice and respect for the dignity of every person." Does he not know that the United States is not founded on justice and truth, where 1 percent of population owns most of the wealth and power and get richer and more powerful while 99 percent of Americans get poorer and helpless? The United States does not respect the sovereignty of China and other nations and dignity of Chinese and other peoples. The United States treats Taiwan as its colony although Taiwan was a part of China before the U.S. existed and sells Taiwan costly and deadly weapons so that the Chinese may kill each other. Although the U.S. is located in North America with the principle of Monroe Doctrine, and yet the U.S. seeks to be the supreme power in Asia Pacific where China was and is located long before America, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, etc. existed. The noble people of China have suffered under the aggression and oppression of Western imperialists and colonialists and the evil empire of Japan since the infamous Opium Wars to the present. It is an undeniable historical fact that the Roman Catholic Church has been a tool of Western imperialism and colonialism to oppress China. The pope failed to mention the American violent way of life demands gun control.
(5). The savage acts of Islamic terrorism continue to reap victims in certain parts of the world that also oppress women.
(6). Take note Catholics are the flock of the pope by admission of the pope and loyal to the pope. Christians (Protestants) are the flock of Jesus Christ and loyal only to Jesus Christ and not loyal to any human being or any organization. It is hoped Chinese government see the difference. Chinese Catholics are the flock of the pope and loyal to Vatican. Chinese Christians (Protestants or Evangelicals) are the flock of Jesus Christ and loyal only to Jesus Christ who is the Head of the Church. Catholics could be a threat to China, but true Chinese Christians are no threat to China. The religious freedom should be awarded to Chinese Christians is that they are allowed to practice Christianity freely according to the Bible, preach the Gospel and establish Christian churches without control and permit by the government supported and officially sponsored church (the Three-Self-Reliance Church). The Chinese government has done more for the benefits of its people and lifted hundreds of millions of peasants from poverty in the shortest time of 30 years than any government has ever done in the history of mankind.
(7). For Israelis and Palestinians to embark resolutely on the path to negotiation does not mean sacrifice of the Jewish land – the Promised Land or Holy Land - which God gave to the children of Abraham for the sake of peace with Palestinians who are Arabs. Jerusalem is forever the capital of the great King David, and can never become the capital of any gentile or Arab nation.
(8). The Catholic un-Scriptural and perennial celebration of Masses is an insult to Jesus Christ who was born the Savior, died on the cross, rose from the dead, ascended to the highest heaven, sitting at the right hand of God and who is coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Lamb of God was sacrificed once and for all, it was finished, and there is no more sacrifice.
The central message of Christmas is that Jesus Christ was born to be the Savior of the world; and that whoever believes in Him should not perish but may have eternal life. Belief is the simplest requirement: the foolish can believe, the wise can believe; the educated can believe and the uneducated can believe; the powerful and weak can believe; all can believe, no matter who you are. If you do not believe, it is your own fault that will carry you to eternal punishment. If you do not believe in Jesus Christ and do not believe in what He says, there is no hope for you no matter what money and power you have.
How Does One Get to Heaven
Through the Word of God I learn the Great Commission is the mandate for the nations due to sin, for Jesus Christ came into the world to save that which was lost. Humanity is lost because of sin and straying away from God. Believers or disciples of Jesus Christ have the mandate to preach the Gospel to every creature. The gist of preaching the Gospel is to tell people how to be saved. MARK 16:15-16, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” Jesus divided peoples into two groups, the saved and the condemned.
The important question is: HOW DOES ONE GET TO HEAVEN? There are four theories, namely, Universalism, Pluralism, Inclusivism, and Exclusivism. The last one is not a theory, but the way of God. Salvation is the way of God; the first three theories are the ways of man.
UNIVERSALISM teaches that everyone will be saved. The basis is that God’s infinite love is directed to all. Those who believe in Universalism also quote the Scriptures, except they quoted them all wrong.
Mat 25:34,“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Mat 25:41,“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” Thus Jesus puts peoples of the world into only two groups; those on His right are saved and blessed. Those on His left are damned. There is nothing universal about salvation. The offer of salvation is universal.
PLURALISM teaches there are different paths to God. Major world religions provide independent salvific access to the divine reality. This theory is very wrong, definitely goes against the teaching of Jesus’ claim, Jhn 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Act 4:12,“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World, is the only Way-- One Way.
INCLUSIVISM believes all who are saved are saved on the basis of Christ’s provision. A personal response to Christ is not necessary. On the contrary, Jesus clearly demands personal action. Jhn 5:40, “And you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” Jhn 6:37,“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” So Inclusivism is dead wrong. Salvation includes only those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The following is reported as having said by Billy Graham, 3-31-1997:
“Well, Christianity and being a true believer--you know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ. And I don't think that we're going to see a great sweeping revival that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time. I think James answered that, the Apostle James in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said God's purpose for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by GOD. They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven.” I was surprised that Mr. Graham said the above, he is all wrong. I don’t care what Mr. Graham or anyone else thinks, Jesus is right – they are all wrong. Mr. Graham misinterprets the Body of Christ – the Church. Mr. Graham's view on the Church of Jesus Christ is neither Biblical nor Evangelical.
EXCLUSIVISM believes in God’s love, the redemption of Jesus Christ and the necessity of repentance and acceptance of God’s salvation.
Jhn 3:18,“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Jhn 3:36,“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Jesus makes it clear, we must believe in Him, and we must obey the Son of God. The Bible settles the question how to be saved once and for all.
Angels in heaven will rejoice if you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today. No matter who you are and where you are, would you come to Jesus now? Will you do it now? The decision is yours.
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