by Shawn Brasseaux
Published in The (Opelousas, Louisiana) Daily World
I may not fully agree with everything that Mr. Franklin Graham believes, but I certainly applaud his determination to stand up for the truth of the Scriptures. Well done, brother. While numerous religions and denominations gathered in the Pentagon for prayer on May 6, Graham refused to participate inside. Good for him—the heretical, ecumenical movement seeks to unite all religions at the expense of sound doctrine.
It comes at no surprise that people attacked him for defending the Lord Jesus Christ. Kathleen Parker’s recent column on this issue was nonsense. The Bible promotes an exclusivist message: Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5). Anyone can disagree (free will), but ultimately, truth is not relative. Truth does not differ from person to person. There are some things in life that are absolute, and the Holy Scriptures in the King James Bible are authoritative and unprecedented. Refusing to believe God’s Word does not diminish its supremacy.
No thinking man can say, “all religions lead to the same God.” Some religions believe in several gods while others believe in one god; some do not even believe in a god at all! How can all the 4,000 world religions be correct, since they are all mutually exclusive? Non-Christians can promote their ideas, but as soon as a Christian quotes the Bible, they are called “bigoted.” This is utterly absurd! The fact is Jesus Christ came to “taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). Everyone is being offered an opportunity for salvation through Christ.
Jesus Christ is the only person in human history who ever claimed to be God. Christ was more than a “good teacher” and more than a “prophet.” The Lord Jesus Christ was God manifested in human flesh. I want everyone to know that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). No one else demonstrated such love for you (Romans 5:6-8).
I do not hate non-Christians, because they are people that still deserve respect and love. However, I will never compromise sound doctrine for the sake of unity. It will never happen, and I make no apologies.