Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue

Journal: Masters Seminary Journal
Volume: TMSJ 12:1 (Spring 2001)
Article: Editorial
Author: Richard L. Mayhue


Editorial

Richard L. Mayhue

In the spirit of being politically correct and under such rhetorical banners as “diversity,” “toleration,” and “multi-culturism,” the exclusivity of personal salvation by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ has lately come under fare both from those clearly outside of Christianity’s boundaries and from those within.

Pluralism (the philosophical idea that all religions have identical value and that one is not to be preferred over another), Universalism (the religious idea that all humans will eventually be made right with God), and Inclusivism (the unbiblical concept that without ever hearing about Christ and/or without ever confessing Christ, people can nonetheless be saved based on the merits of Christ’s atonement) have all contended with biblically taught Christian Exclusivism as the correct understanding of multiple religions in the world.

Thus, it is imperative to assert once again what the Bible teaches and the decisiveness with which it is taught. Scripturally speaking, Christian Exclusivism is the overwhelming, clear message of both the OT and NT. At least eight compelling evidences lead to this incontrovertible verdict that has been rendered as the time-honored testimony of the church for 2, 000 years since her birth.

  1. The God of the Bible is exclusively God.
  • Isaiah 43:10–11
  • 1 Timothy 1:17
  • 1 Timothy 6:15
  • Jude 25
  • The truth of the Bible contains the exclusive special revelation about God.
    • 2 Timothy 3:16–17
    • 2 Peter 1:20–21
  • The pathway of Christianity in the Bible is the exclusive way of walking with God.
    • Acts 9:2
    • Acts 19:9
    • Acts 19:23
    • Acts 24:14
    • Acts 24:22
  • The Redeemer of the Bible is the exclusive Savior and Lord of the soul.
    • John 14:6
    • Acts 4:12
    • 1 Corinthians 3:11
    • Jude 4
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