Several years ago someone gave me a book called WHAT YOU KNOW MIGHT NOT BE SO. Catchy title? For sure. More important, it was a ominous warning. Especially for those who call themselves Christians.
Why? The Apostle Paul warned that in the last days “some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1b-2). Again, he warned “the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
There are many false doctrines, phony baloney teachers and false assumptions floating around our world when it comes to religion. For example, the false assumption that it doesn’t really matter what a person believes or what god someone calls upon, since all gods are basically the same, and we’re all going to the same place someday.
Really? Try that kind of logic with the airlines. Try telling some carrier you want to go to London. Show up at the airport with any ticket and get on any plane because they’re all going to the same place, right? London? Anybody with an IQ above plant life would say, “You’d have to be crazy to do that! You have to have the right ticket and get on the right plane or you’ll wind up at the wrong destination."
When it comes to salvation, the Bible is clear there’s ONLY ONE WAY to Heaven and that’s to trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation (John 3:16-18; 14:6). He’s not one of the ways, or the best way. He’s the ONLY WAY. Yet, you’ll run into sincere, well-intentioned people who say, “Yeah, but what about this group or that church? They teach from a book other than the Bible, or they have their own version of the Bible and teach another way to Heaven. What about them? You surely don’t believe they aren’t going to Heaven, do you? You can’t be saying they’re going to Hell. They’re such good, genuine people.”
Let me ask you a question. When it comes to your money, does it matter to you where it's invested? After all, aren’t all banks, stocks, mutual funds, brokers, and financial institutions the same? Doesn’t the money go to the same place, and don’t all funds earn the same amount of interest? Of course not.
Now follow me. Using the same logic many use when it comes to religion, one would be led to believe that as long as your financial adviser, mutual fund manager, or financial institution were sincere, your money would be all right. And, as long as other people had their money there too, that would make it an even safer investment. True? False. What if the person you entrusted your life savings with was like Bernie Madoff? Hundreds of people lost millions of dollars sincerely investing with the wrong person and lost virtually all of their money.
The sad reality is too many people are more concerned with their savings than they are their souls. When it comes to earnings on their investments, they check it out with far more passion, purpose, scrutiny and skepticism than they do the things that concern their eternal destiny.
We ought to check every doctrine and challenge every assumption with the Word of God, to make sure we have the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Even if it’s not what we’ve always been taught, what our parents always believed or where Granny Mabel always went to church. Because it’s too easy to be sincere and too easy to be sincerely wrong.
We should be very careful where we invest our money. Even more so, where we invest our lives.
Because what we know and WHO WE KNOW determines where we go. And once eternity begins, there’s no going back.
© 2014. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.