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IS YESHUA (JESUS) THE ONLY WAY TO GOD AND SALVATION?

(John 14:6 [KJV])

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

 

This study came out of a discussion with fellow believers in Christ. The church is at a cross road and some are saying that even if you do not have faith in Christ, a loving God may still accept you into His Kingdom. Can this be True?

 

Our approach to this study will be to look at this question from two perspectives, 1. Man’s tradition 2. God’s Word. TTGM will use source documents/statements from leading influencers associated with the Anglican Church.

 

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TRADITION AND REASONING

 

1.       Anglican stated beliefs in salvation, in Yeshua (Jesus) alone (only) – Taken from their 39 articles of faith and then a Minister.

 

The 39 Articles. BY DAVID ROSS, EDITOR – from Google

The 39 Articles of Religion are the essential beliefs of the Anglican church codified. The articles were established by a Convocation of the Church in 1563, using as a basis the 42 Articles written under the direction of Thomas Cranmer in 1553.

 

Article 15.

Of Christ alone without Sin.

Christ in the truth of our nature was made like unto us in all things, sin only except, from which he was clearly void,

both in his flesh, and in his spirit. He came to be the Lamb without spot, who, by sacrifice of himself once made,

should take away the sins of the world; and sin (as Saint John saith) was not in him. But all we the rest, although

baptized and born again in Christ, yet offend in many things; and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us.

 

Article 18.

Of obtaining eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ.

They also are to be had accursed that presume to say, That every man shall be saved by the Law or Sect which he

professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that Law, and the light of Nature. For Holy Scripture

doth set out unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.

 

Anglican source page

 

Read all 39 articles of faith

 

TTGM: In the above articles (15 & 18) we see that the Anglican Church’s statements/reasoning is supported by the Word of God. We will show later what the Word of God states.

 

In 2009 an article quoted Anglican Minister by the name of Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori

 

 

JESUS is a way, but not the only way to salvation, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori has told members of the Diocese of Quincy.

 

At a special convention called by the Presiding Bishop to reconstitute the diocese around the four congregations that did not secede to the Province of the Southern Cone last year, on April 4 Bishop Jefferts Schori spoke of her own theological views at a question-and-answer session.

 

Approximately 300 people gave the presiding bishop a “rousing greeting on her first visit to Peoria and the Diocese of Quincy. In stark contrast to the previous synod meeting, at which she was vilified as the chief architect of what former leaders claimed was the Episcopal Church’s departure from traditional Christian beliefs, [Bishop] Jefferts Schori received a warm and jubilant welcome,” Episcopal News Service reported.

 

In response to a question from the audience about her personal beliefs, the presiding bishop said that to insist Jesus is the only way to God is to “limit God.” She said that God was at work in the lives of other faiths. “God is, at the very least, a mystery,” Bishop Jefferts Schori said.

 

“God’s intention is for a restored relationship with all humanity. My job is to proclaim the good news of Jesus, but I cannot deny God is not at work in other ways,” she said, according to ENS.

 

Read full article

 

 

TTGM: In the above we have a personal view being expressed to an audience by a leader of the organization. Does she speak for all? It depends. Now let us see what the Bible says about salvation in Christ.

 

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THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE

 

2.       The Bible Speaks – All quotes taken from the KJV (Why KJV)

 

(Acts 4:12 [KJV])

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

(John 4:42 [KJV])

And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

 

(John 3:16-17 [KJV])

For God so loved the world (everyone), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him (no one else mentioned) should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

Now observe the word “way” and how it is used in the singular form.

(Prov 14:12 [KJV])

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

(John 14:5-6 [KJV])

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

TTGM: In the above verses it is crystal clear that there is no other name, religion nor person that is the “way” to salvation. In fact when we search the scripture we can find NO SUPPORTING VERSES for the doctrine, “other ways to Heaven/God”.

 

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TTGM:

The doctrine that states salvation can be found in other faiths outside of Christ is very critical to our understanding of the plan of God in redeeming man. As said before it is clear from the Bible that it only recognizes one man (Yeshua), He is sinless, all powerful, born of a virgin and He is the only one that died and rose from the dead. He stands alone and above all men (at the name of Christ EVERYONE shall bow).

 

The question is to every believer who or what is you final Authority, the words of the eternal Book (Bible), or the words of a man/woman?

 

On a point of “Reasoning”. As believers our reasoning should be centered on scripture. When we come to a conclusion it should be supported by scripture reference(s). Why? The Bible is our foundation and it was given to us by God (written by men, but inspired by God) – see how the Bible compares with other “holy” books (listen to the presentation on the Bible codes)

 

When we use reasoning outside of scripture the result is that we end up with several doctrines; some as far and as deep as the sea. How can this be? Look around and you will no longer wonder why there are so many religions and different doctrines. Move away from scripture our foundation and you end up with confusion.  

 

 

In conclusion you need to ask yourself the following.

 

Do you trust man’s traditions and doctrines above the Bible?

 

Are the words of man (unsupported by scripture) your final authority? 

 

If you prefer to believe a man’s unsupported doctrinal conclusion based on his reasoning, which man will you choose to believe?

 

TTGM: We stand on the foundation of God’s word (as the Anglicans once did in 1563 - #15 and 18), we at TTGM see no reason to abandon the foundation of our faith and join wonderland (a sea of man’s doctrines not supported by scripture).

 

There is “only” one name under heaven in which man can be saved, the name Jesus Christ.

 

(Matt 15:8-9 [KJV])

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

 

 

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Basic tools for Study – see approach to study:

 

1.       A King James Bible – Software we highly recommend theWord (free)

2.       A Strong’s Concordance – Software with a concordance we recommend is again theWord.

 

 

King James Bible for Android - KJV (free)

 

Also try for Android “And Bible(free)

 

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The Greatest Love of all (John 3:16) 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"

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