"Jesus said... I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (Jn14:6)
One person was quoted, "I can say I am a Christian today because of a Hindu meditation master." She was taught to meditate and in a state of silence, learned to love God, and as a result, experienced God's love for her. Contrary to Scripture...
Or, that a Buddhist, even though they could not bring themself to "embrace Jesus", might be a better christian than christians are.
Apparently over the past 10 years there have been meetings going on between Mormon leadership and some "key evangelicals", such as from Fuller Seminary, to come up with a formal statement of agreement, much as the "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" (ECT) did years ago. [Ect] - [Ect2] Thing is, in some circles, Mormons are already being called "christian". They certainly have their KJV Bible, and speak of Jesus Christ. But Mormons believe that when they die they become gods and goddesses. Where is that in Scripture? They have their "additional" gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, given through an angel. What did Paul say?
"For I testify to everyone who hears the Words of the Prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add upon him the plagues that are written in this Book" (Re22:18)
(This paragraph was the catalyst for this article.)
The same issue continued an on-going series on Replacement Theology, something begun by Rome around the time of Constantine and others, as Rome "christianized" their old pagan beliefs that originated out of Babylon; and since Jews were "Christ killers" (not reasoning how Jesus was crucified on a -Roman- cross; He was not -stoned- as the Jews wanted to do) they were to be persecuted and killed. And so, reaching Jews with the Gospel of Jesus Christ is made well-nigh-impossible because of the history that "christianity" -persecuted- Jews, while claiming to be the "only true religion".
Using this same flawed logic, people have used the Bible to promote anti-semitism, and have misquoted Scripture to say that "THE JEWS" persecuted Paul, not stopping to think that Paul -was- a Jew. The passage actually says, "the UNBELIEVING JEWS" stirred up trouble against Paul. (Ac14:2) As we will see as we progress, here; and Jews need to understand the truth of history: it was -UNBELIEVING- christianity that persecuted Jews.
All these different things are about "religion" and "lies". Their "christianity" is not true Biblical Christianity. (Ac11:26) Their religion has nothing to do with acknowledgment of sin, (Ps51:3) meeting God in repentance (Lk18:13), and receiving Jesus Christ in Salvation. (Jn1:12) Their religions do not grant 'redemption' from sin (Eph1:7, Col1:14), nor promise the assurance of Eternal Life. (1Jn5:11,13,20)
They are based in satan's original pride...
Where did the term "christian" originate?
Just as a skilled performer of music is called a MUSIC-ian, a person who works with electricity is an ELECTRIC-ian; so too, a person who is devoted to Jesus Christ in 'honesty' of -heart- (Rom2:29, Lk8:15) is a CHRIST-ian. BY DEFINITION
And so, further expanding: a belief-system that follows what CHRISTians believe, teach and obey (Ro1:5, 16:26) is CHRIST-ianity. BY DEFINITION
Thus, the next logical statements are true: that "Christianity is required for Salvation", and also that Christianity is the only true faith, since Christianity defines Christ, and Jesus said that He was the only way to the Father. As the one quote said about christianity "granted itself" a special "status" among religions, that is because God truly -is- "above all gods" (1Ch16:25, Ps95:3, 97:9, etc) Christianity did not "hijack" this position. It didn't need to. By its very nature and origin it -IS- above all religions. Always was, and always will be. And anyone who is not a (Biblical) Christian, whose name is not in the Book of Life, will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Re20:15) Yes, Christianity is -very- 'intolerant' of other beliefs, because the Holy God does not tolerate any "other gods" before Him. (Ex20:3-5) He is holy and jealous and does not tolerate impostors.
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, being devoted to corrupting spirits and doctrines of demons" (1Ti4:1)
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, desiring to hear pleasant things, they will heap up for themselves teachers" (2Ti4:3)
"Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves." (Ac20:30)
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder; for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works." (2Co11:13-15)
Of Israel Paul said, "...not all those of Israel are Israel" (Rom9:6b)
The same is true of the church. Not all that is called [c]hurch is the True [C]hurch of Jesus Christ. And thus, also, not all those who call themselves [c]hristian are True [C]hristians. And following the logic of the definitions, thus... Not everything with the label "christianity" is True Biblical [C]hristianity.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THIS!!
Jesus proclaimed that -many- are on the "broad way" leading to "destruction", but those who find Life are the "few". In the day of Judgment -many- "christians" from "christianity" will be calling to Jesus...
Is Salvation obtained "apart from Christianity"? Obviously: No. Without Christianity, Jesus Christ's namesake, as defined, Salvation is not possible. And Christianity -is- truly the one and -only- TRUE FAITH; and all others are invalid.
HOWEVER, the -label- "christianity" has been hijacked by all the apostasy and demon-worship that proliferates today. If a person is asking about -that- christianity? Then, indeed, Salvation into Jesus Christ is NOT of christianity... as the term is understood and applied by 99.999% of today's world. And indeed, then, as the overtly pagans chide: christianity is not the only credible -religion- in the world. Truly, they ARE -all- of equal merit. They are -all- on the broad way to Destruction. And as they are unifying into one global religion these days, unity in diversity, they will also receive Judgment -together-.
As such then, indeed...
Salvation -is- APART FROM (the world's) Christianity!
If you cling to the world's counterfeit christianity, you cannot get to Heaven! Salvation is in Jesus Christ, and only Him. God Most High is the ruler of all creation, His "kingdom". He makes the rules, and is the sole arbiter as to -which- FAITH is required to be in His presence, as He clearly has given in His Word, the Scriptures.