The True Way and the Only Way

By: Woody Godbey

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” —1 Timothy 2:5 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”—John 14:6

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked a question like: "What about the person who has never heard that Jesus is the only way to God? What about the person in the middle of the jungle who has never heard the gospel?" Have you ever noticed they are always in a jungle for some unknown reason, or in the desert?

I’m a preacher not an editor and besides, I would NEVER edit God’s Word. The teaching that Jesus Christ is the only way to God has never been popular. But maybe it has never been more controversial than it is today. If you want to get someone's blood boiling, especially the cults and those on the left, then say that Jesus is the only way to God. Oh, my goodness, many have gone so far left that they now refuse to admit that Jesus is the only way. Even Joel Osteen will not confess that Jesus is the only way. Of course, he has a lot of other doctrinal issues but that's another sermon.

The idea that you would have the audacity to say that Jesus is the only way is, in effect, saying that other religions are not true. That is the way it works itself out, and people don't like it. It is acceptable if you say that Jesus is a way to God. But when you dare to say that He is the only way, then you can be certain that will have some push-back.

But here is what it comes down to. We have to say what the Bible says, whether it is popular or not. It is not for me to edit the message of the Bible; it is for me, as a Christian, to simply deliver it.

It would be like a doctor's discovering a very serious problem with a patient's health, but then being unwilling to say what that problem is, because it might make that patient uncomfortable.