Is there really only one way to heaven, and can one know for sure that he or she is saved and in right standing with God? Consider some of the following passages from God's word:
Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:5-7
"He who believes [trusts in, clings to, relies on] the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36
"And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." 1John 5:11-12
TWO ROADS & TWO DESTINIES
(A tract written by William MacDonald)
"Hey, Buddy, where are you going?" "Nowhere in particular. Just hanging around between trains."
"Come in and clean up. Get a bite to eat."
This seemed better to Sgt. Wheatley than just walking aimlessly up and down the streets of Kansas City. Inside the canteen he met other soldier boys and together they enjoyed the hospitality of some Christian men and women. There was something quite home-like about the place and the boys needed no second invitation to stay for dinner. After dinner, the Bible was read -- it reminded Sgt. Wheatley of his grandfather's practice at the old farm. Then all the boys gathered around a map of the city, which was hanging on the wall. The director of the Canteen helped them to orient themselves.
There was another map that attracted their attention. it was the map of the United States. Wheatley pointed out his hometown. the other buddies pointed out theirs. All the while however, the sergeant was glancing at another map. The director noticed it and was quick to explain its meaning. The name of this map was -- "TWO ROADS AND TWO DESTINIES." Once again the boys heard the message the Lord Jesus gave in Matthew 7 about the two roads, the two gates, and the end of each road. When Wheatley heard about the Lord Jesus being the door and about the way of the Cross leading to Heaven, very simply, but very definitely he trusted himself to the Savior.
Make sure, dear friend, that you are traveling on the narrow road that leads to life. Leave the wide road with its pleasures and its sins at once. "Enter in at the strait gate" and be sure of entering Heaven at last.
Let's Get the Record Straight!
It's not a question of What church you belong to. That never was the issue and it never will be.
When you stand before God, He's not going to ask us whether we went to a Protestant church or to the Catholic church. A person can be a Protestant and go to hell. And the fact that a person is a Catholic doesn't mean that he is automatically sure of heaven either.
All the rituals of all Protestant churches put together cannot put away sin. And the same is true of the rituals of the Catholic church. Whatever value they might have, they cannot deal with the guilt and penalty of sin.
A Catholic friend said to me recently, "I find it hard to believe that all the rituals that I have gone through in the Catholic church have no power to save me."
"Well, what have they done for you?" I asked.
"Nothing," he admitted.
"Do you have peace with God?" I asked.
"No, I don't," he answered.
"Well, let me tell you this," I said.
"The rituals of the Protestant churches have no power to save you either, or to give you peace with God. Salvation is not found in ceremonies; it is found in a Person."
"Do you mean I'll never find salvation in the Catholic church?" he challenged me.
"That's just what I mean, and you'll never find it in a Protestant church either," I assured him. "Salvation is in a person, and His name is Jesus."
We've made a terrible mistake in the past. All the bickering between Protestants and Catholics has confused the issue. It has created the impression that if a person just joins one church or the other, then all will be well with him.
That simply is not true. If that were the case, then surely you would find the word PROTESTANT or CATHOLIC in the Bible. But neither word is found in the Bible.
What are the facts?
The first fact is that whether we are born into the world as Catholics or Protestants, we are sinners:
"...for there is no difference; for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:22,23).
The second fact is this: whether we are Catholic sinners or Protestant sinners, we need to be saved:
"...there shall in no wise enter into it (heaven) anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 21:27).
The third great fact is that salvation is not found in a creed, a church or a ceremony; it is found in Christ:
"Jesus saith... I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6).
The final fact is that we can be saved by receiving Him, that is, by believing on Him:
"...as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John1:12).
Don't depend on Protestantism or Catholicism to save you. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins on Calvary's Cross, who rose again the third day, and who offers you eternal life as a free gift.
-- William MacDonald --
1917 - 2007