Fill-in-the-blank

Today I have one question for you. It’s not easy to answer so be warned.

Are people who attend __________ church saved?

Now, I have already kind of tricked you. It is, in fact, one question, but I want you to ask it to yourself several different times with different churches filling in the blank each time.

I admit that this is a somewhat flawed experiment to begin with because obviously not everyone who attends a particular church is going to be saved. It will depend upon their relationship with God but what I’m asking is do people who attend fill-in-the-blank church have the opportunity to be saved based on that church’s beliefs. Also, I am assuming that you are comming to my blog with a Christian perspective. If I were to come at this with a Jewish or Islamic perspective the following questions would be placed in a different order.

Now, assuming that a large portion of my readership comes from a Church of Christ background I will start there.

Are people who attend the Church of Christ saved?

Are people who attend the Baptist Church saved?

Are people who attend the Presbeterian Church saved?

Here’s a tough one.

Are people who attend the Catholic Church saved?

They only get tougher from here on out.

Are people who attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints saved?

Are people who attend the church of the Jehovah’s Witnessess’ saved?

Are people who attend an Islamic Mosque saved?

Are people who attend Jewish Synagogues saved?

It’s a slippery slope if you ask me. Once you say one church is saved it’s only a small step to say another is. Really we have to think about what the criteria is by which we are determining everyones salvation. Is it faith in God, and a belief in Jesus’ death and resurection? If that’s the case do all the little doctrinal differences between our churches really matter? Are they salvation issues or just preferences? I don’t really have the answer and thankfully I don’t have to. Salvation is up to God.

It does pose an interesting problem though. To whom are we to evangelize? Are we to convert the Morman’s, the Catholics, the Baptists, the Muslims, the Jews, etc?

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2 thoughts on “Fill-in-the-blank

  1. Personally, I think the the answer to this for every church that teaches the Bible as the inspired word of God is: some are, and some aren’t. If people read their Bible for themselves and actually have a faith in the God of the Bible that is their own, they are probably saved. You know, look at the fruit. If they don’t have those things it gets iffy. As far as others – Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims – the God they worship is not the same as mine with most of the people I talk to. He doesn’t have the same personality traits. If God is a person, then He will have traits that are unique to Him. And, some of these don’t even believe Jesus was the Son of God. If He wasn’t the Son of God, the whole argument of Christian salvation falls apart.

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  2. Oh, one more thing. As far as Jews go, we should encourage them to accept Jesus as the Messiah they are waiting for. But, I also believe that they continue to be blessed (a la the Abrahamic Covenant), and that we are Christians should bless them whether they have accepted Christ or not. I think they may have some preferencial treatment because they are God’s chosen people. God that decide those kinds of things.

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