We have all seen the bumper stickers – COEXIST – created from the symbols of the worlds major religions. It’s the mantra of the new unity movement, knitting together the religions as if they’re all equal and true. Coyly tossing the cross of Christianity at the end as if Jesus is one way among many; as if truth could be blended with untruth (the result of which is not an amalgam of unified truth, but pure untruth.) The only thing that makes me shake my head more than this movement is seeing a professing Christian who supports this COEXIST movement. In fact those people have some serious soul searching to do because Jesus doesn’t allow that option. Jesus doesn’t allow us to “COEXIST.” If we don’t serve Him and Him alone, we don’t serve Him at all.
“30 Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”
“34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Many will be surprised to learn that these are the words of Jesus. He did not come to this earth to bring peace or unite humanity. Jesus came to divide us between who will follow Him and who will not. You either make a decision to support Him and work for Him or you are naturally against Him. There is no middle ground, no fence sitting and no intermediate state – friend or foe, ally or enemy. You cannot support unity of the world religions and call yourself a Christ follower. It’s a matter of truth, if Jesus Christ is true then the rest are false. Do not try to blend what does not mix.
“6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.”
Jesus really lays down the gauntlet when it comes to knowing God. He is the only way, the only truth and the only life – the only path to God. Not only is He the path to God, He is God!
“I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.”
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one”
“Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!”
“I and the Father are one.”
I have just laid out four critical verses – the first two come from the Old Testament, the last two from the New Testament. God has clearly stated that there is no God but Him. Then Jesus claims that He is the very same God of the Old Testament – He and the Father are one.
Jesus is God in human skin and He came to rescue us. He told us that we are fallen, sinful people and every single one of us is headed to hell where we will be eternally separated from God and tormented in fire without end (Yikes…that’s the bad news.) However God loves us all so much that He has provided an escape. Jesus was beaten and crucified in our place and God poured out all of His wrath for sin on Him at the cross – this is our escape, that whoever believes in Jesus Christ as their substitute will not perish but have ever lasting life (the good news!) The interesting thing about an escape route is that it has to be followed. Imagine that you’re in a burning building and you can see the escape route posted on the wall, so you follow it and it leads you to a door that will lead you out of the burning building – well you have to walk through the door to escape. Jesus Christ is the only door in the burning building that will let you escape with your life. If you decide to ignore the posted escape route and look for another way, you’re gonna go down in flames.
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved”
People please listen to me, if you support the COEXIST movement, you are rejecting the only escape route through which we can be saved. These are not my words but the words of Jesus.
God loves us all and wants us all to repent of our rebellion and surrender to Him.
2 Peter 3:9
“9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
God is being patient and delaying His return in order that more people might find the escape route.
I’ll say again, God loves you! but love is truth and sometimes truth is hard to accept.
In love I tell you this truth – there is no other way to God except through Jesus Christ. We cannot lump Him in with other religions that are false because that automatically pits us against the truth of Christ and against Christ Himself.
People, do not COEXIST, but instead SURRENDER to the King of kings and Lord of lords! Willingly or unwillingly, you will bow one day to the one true God.
“I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess allegiance to me.”