The Journey

Rev. Dr. Darrel Maddox

Keyes/Marella UMC

For my first article I will answer a question I receive many times in email in one form or another.

Q: A man I work with is a good person in many ways but he's also very prejudiced—not against people of other races, but against other denominations. He sincerely believes his church is the only right one and all others are wrong. I want to become a Christian but am confused by all the many different denominations. How would you argue with him? — And what should I do? M.F.

A: Dear M.F.,

I probably wouldn't try to argue with him; in my experience, arguing with people who are convinced they alone are right seldom does any good, and usually only gets them upset. The Bible wisely says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

But what I would do is try to help him understand that we are not saved because we belong to a particular church, but because of Christ and what He has done for us. Our church membership doesn't save us; only Christ saves us, and our hope is to be in Him alone. We are separated from God because of our sin, and only Christ's death on the cross can remove our sin and guilt.

Churches are important, and we need the fellowship and teaching they provide. But no church is perfect, and Christ alone is our Savior and answer. The Bible is clear: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 ).

Your colleague's attitude is unfortunate. But most of all, I hope you will not let his attitude confuse you or turn you away from Christ. If you have never done so, open your heart to Christ today. Then ask God to let His joy and peace fill your life and transform you from sin to salvation. Find a Bible based church, talk with the Pastor, and attend.

Next weeks article - Part 1, NO SHORTCUTS TO HEAVEN!

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