“Have it your way,” Burger King declared in the 1970s, with a slogan that reflected the growing individualism, consumerism, and pluralism of the West. Other companies followed suit by promising that we could have their products our way: tailored to our particular tastes, delivered on our specific terms. It’s hardly surprising, then, to find Westerners bringing the same agenda to religion. The idea that we have no choice about how to be saved is anathema to the spiritual consumer of our day. We want salvation our way.
It seems that religious pluralism has become the default setting in our culture. But no matter how great the pressure to conform or to compromise, Christians must stand firm and insist that there is only one way of salvation, namely, faith in Jesus Christ. The reason is simple: that’s exactly what Jesus Himself taught.
Jesus declared that He had been sent into the world with one primary purpose: that those who believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:14–17). Faith in Jesus is both sufficient and necessary for salvation; those who do not believe in Him will not gain eternal life (vv. 18, 36; see 8:24). Only those who “feed” on Jesus will live (6:53–58). As if the matter needed further clarification, Jesus left absolutely no doubt in these words to His disciples: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (14:6; see Matt. 11:27).