Published May 27, 2014

Paul's Epistle...
"No Two Ways"

We live in a day, unfortunately, when almost all religions are "acceptable," according to the secular mainstream media and even some liberal theologians. Christianity alone receives special treatment – it's not acceptable. We hear reports, for example, that some school libraries ban Bibles, but require a full selection of books about other religions, from Islam to witchcraft.

What do all those other religions have in common? Simply, they're not Christianity. And, consequently, those other religions are all endorsed by "the god of this age," Satan, who blinds their supporters and adherents to the truth, "lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them" (2 Cor. 4:3,4). Satan doesn't really care what you believe, as long as it's not Christian doctrine.

In this age of "inclusion" and "tolerance," Christianity is just too, well, exclusive. It claims to be the only way to God. And what really peeves people is that a Christian's individual will is to be willingly subjected to God's will. But we're living in an "I'll do it my way" age. It's called rebellion, and it's as old as mankind.

As I was putting together the countdown edition of The Gospel Greats program for this coming weekend, I was reminded of one song I always enjoy – musically and, especially, for what it says. It's the Inspirations' song, "No Two Ways."* It was written by singer/songwriter/preacher Kevin Jones of Anderson, SC, who tells me he's been listening to my program "since I was a child." I asked him what inspired this straight-to-the-point song. Here's his response:

"I wrote ‘No Two Ways About It' a few years ago after watching a brief segment of a very popular TV talk show host's program. In the segment there was a discussion on whether there was more than one way to God. The host was adamant when she said, ‘There couldn't possibly be only one way to God.'

"That really caught my attention. I began to recollect all those years of great Sunday School teaching that I received as a child. John 14:6 came to my mind where Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one cometh to the Father but by me." I also remembered a statement I had heard many times before, "All roads lead to heaven."

"This got me to thinking of how so many are trying to make it to heaven on their works, their feelings, or their own philosophy.

"We live in a day of religious pluralism. The lines of absolutes are being blurred by those who preach a gospel of pleasure, materialism, and self-satisfaction. People are encouraged to choose a path that boosts their self-esteem rather than a path that calls for self-denial and crucifying the flesh. Religion fails to save. Church membership fails to save. The blood of Jesus Christ is the ONLY remedy for a world so deep in sin.

"The Scripture speaks of the two roads that can be taken; the straight and narrow or the broad. Both roads say that they will lead a man to heaven but only one actually will. It was these thoughts that filled my heart and mind as I wrote ‘No Two Ways About It.' The Lord began to pour words into my spirit and the song began to take shape."

Here are those words:

Verse 1:
      It's been said that all roads lead to Heaven
      Just choose the one that you like best and get on with your life
      While others think their good deeds are gonna count as Godly living
      When they stand before the Lord they're gonna find....

      There's no two ways about it, there's just one way, that's the blood
      You must be washed in Calvary's fountain, plunged beneath the flood
      The path is still the straight and narrow and it leads to Heaven above
      There's no two ways about it, there's just one way, that's the blood.

Verse 2:
      Many think the blood has been outdated
      And they simply disregard it as a flawed philosophy
      And so they go on searching for the answer to life's questions
      Their eyes are blinded to reality.

Unfortunately, in today's society, we are surrounded by those whose "eyes are blinded to reality." But that's the challenge – that's why we're here. It is our job – lovingly – to explain to those around us that Christ is, indeed, the only way to Heaven. He is the way, the truth and the life. Could Jesus' words in John 14:6 ("No one cometh to the Father but by me") be any more clear?

- Paul

* Although the song has been promoted as "No Two Ways," the actual title, according to the writer, is the same as the Inspirations' CD title, "No Two Ways About It." The song is published by Southern Voices Publishing, BMI.

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