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?