The Narrow Way

The Exclusive Claim of Christ

Christ’s claim to be the only way to God is a hard pill to swallow for many people. Even in some Christian circles, people choke on His words.

Narrow Path
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Is Jesus the only way to heaven? Will a loving God really confine someone to eternal punishment for rejecting Christ?

It’s a current debate . . . but it’s not a new one. The issues have been argued for centuries. In fact, Jesus Himself was asked a similar question:

And someone said to Him, ‘Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?’ And He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.’ (Luke 13:23–24)

Interesting question, isn’t it? “Are there just a few who are being saved?” Jesus never really answered how many will be saved . . . but rather, who will be: those who “enter through the narrow door.”

In the parable that follows, Jesus clarifies that entrance through that door has everything to do with a relationship with Him (Luke 13:25–27; see also Matthew 7:14, 22–23; John 10:7–9).

Jesus never offered people a message that said, “Look, just be sincere. The main thing is to think positively about God. Any spirituality will do, regardless of your belief about Christ. Try your best, and God will smile at you when you die.”

There’s a great Hebrew word for that way of thinking: hogwash! Let me say it another way. That kind of thinking is heresy.

I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. (John 10:9)

No one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

There’s Only One Way

There’s only one way. By Jesus’ own admission, it’s the narrow way. It’s the original road less traveled. The apostle Paul was equally exacting: “one mediator.”

Those who sit in your congregations and who receive your mission work will not go to heaven if they do not trust in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrec­tion for their salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3–4).

If their eternity rests on anything other than the atoning effects of Christ’s blood, they will not experience heaven.

That’s not Chuck talking, that’s what the Word of God teaches. That’s what we preachers should be teaching.

Are you preaching that truth? Does the gospel take center stage behind your pulpit? Do you share the truth with a balance of conviction and compassion?

Refuse to be a preacher who tickles the itching ears of our politically correct, “tolerant” culture.

Tell the truth. Share the gospel. Say it straight. But let me quickly add that just because the message of the cross is offensive, we preachers need not be.

We must remind those who hear us that the narrow way of salvation represents God’s love, not His cruelty. The fact that there is a way to God at all is because of His grace.

That narrow way is Jesus. Preach Him.

—Chuck

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  • Couldn’t agree with you more. I get so tired of hearing the “tolerance police” telling us what we should believe about Jesus, etc and then becoming very intolerant when you disagree with them. your last small paragraph says it all.

  • Steven Inman

    Amen & Amen Brother Chuck in the words of the great shepherd of the sheep,”I am the way,the truth,and the life” There is no other way ! Thanks for sharing today,and God Bless.

  • Hi Pastor Swindoll,
    I came across a letter you sent me in 2005. I had phoned into IFL for a prayer request for my 10 year old daughter that had leukemia.
    I am please to share with you that she is now 16, driving, please keep praying! And 4 years cancer free.
    I was encouraged by your care, and the prayers of the IFL family. Thank you dear Pastor.
    I just wanted to encourage you today. As you know we serve a miracle working God!,
    Sincerely, Robin Hayford

  • Thank you Pastor Swindoll. This is the first article I’ve seen on the recent reintroduction of this debate that addresses the subject without trying to “beat around the bush”.
    I believe that Jesus answered this question quite distinctly in John 14:6 : “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” To some, that may be a “narrow way”, but in Truth it is the only way.
    Thank you for this post.
    Have a Blessed Day!