Is Anyone Lost (Letter to the Editor)

Is Anyone Lost?

Is Anyone Lost?

The following is a Letter sent to the editor of the Fort Worth Star Telegram:

Jeffress’ View of Other Religions

I can’t believe all the press Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas is getting just because of his seeming adoration for President  Donald Trump.

All you need to know about Jeffress is that he believes all Jews, Mormons and Muslims are going to hell. No exceptions. He doesn’t care if they serve God, their communities and their fellow man.

I wonder how Jeffress will explain this to God.

–Frank Matthews

This is my Respose (the Long Version) of 249 words:

I’m not particularly a fan of Robert Jeffres nor am I a Baptist, but sadly, Frank Matthews has it all wrong.

He says that Robert “believes all Jews, Mormons and Muslims are going to hell. No exceptions. He doesn’t care if they serve God, their communities and their fellow man.” Then he states, “I wonder how Jeffress will explain this to God.”

I don’t know whether Frank realizes it or not but his is a well-known false doctrine.  Jesus clearly declared: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). Further, we read in Scripture: “There is salvation [from sin and hell] in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The false teaching that Frank espouses is called “pluralism” that says that one religion is as good as another. Jesus says that this is a lie. Further, Frank holds to the false teaching called “works salvation” that says that one can escape hell and go to heaven by just being good enough. No need of a Savior—since each person and each religion is good enough! Again, God says that this is false. I wonder how Frank will explain his false teaching to God?

I encourage Frank and your readers to reconsider. Jesus is the only way to heaven and eternal life—not our religion, especially a false religion.

Richard Hollerman

And this is the necessary “shorter” version (since the limit is 150 words):

Is Anyone Lost?

I’m not a fan of Jeffress, but sadly, Frank Matthews has it all wrong.

Apparently Jeffress “believes all Jews, Mormons and Muslims are going to hell. No exceptions. He doesn’t care if they serve God, their communities and their fellow man. . . I wonder how Jeffress will explain this to God.”

But Jesus declared His exclusive message: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

Frank’s false teaching is called “pluralism”—one religion is as good as another. Jesus says this is false. Further, Frank holds to the false teaching called “works salvation”—that one can escape hell and go to heaven by just being good enough. No need of a Savior—since each person is good enough! Again, God says that this is false. I wonder how Frank will explain his false teaching to God?

Richard Hollerman

 

 

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