Mankind's worst tragedy is the hundreds of millions of people who have been deceived by Satan by placing their faith in false religions. The Holy Bible records the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:15 when he warned, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
The Bible also tells us in Hebrews 9:27, "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." All of us will experience physical death, yet the soul of every human being will live for all eternity in either heaven or hell.
Though there are thousands of religions, there is only one way to heaven. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
In every instance recorded in the Bible when a person asked how to be saved, the answer is always the same: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." There is no other way to heaven except by faith in Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Savior. Religion has never saved a single soul and never will.
In fact, the good works of men and women cannot earn them a way to heaven. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Any attempt to find salvation other than by faith in Jesus will result in spending eternity in hell. Sadly, many people believe they can earn their way to heaven by good works, or by church membership, or by baptism, or by putting their faith in the pope, or the virgin Mary, or Buddha, or Mohammed or some other human being.
I urge ministers to stop preaching the secular gospel of social issues and politics and preach the love of God by salvation in Jesus. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name (Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
THE REV. PAUL COOK IS A SEMI-RETIRED SOUTHERN BAPTIST PASTOR.