The True Religion (Romans 4:5)

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While witnessing for Christ on the streets of a city in California, evangelist H. A. Ironside and his Associates were often interrupted by questions from the crowd. It was common, for instance, to have an unbeliever respond to their presentation of the gospel by saying, “There are hundreds of religions in this country, and the followers of each sect think they’re right. How can poor plain people like us find out what really is the truth?” Ironside and his friends would answer something like this: “Did I hear you say there are hundreds of religions? That’s strange; I’ve heard of only two. True, I find many shades of difference in the opinions of those comprising the two great schools. But after all, there are but two. The one covers all who expect salvation by doing; the other, all who have been saved by something done.

Expressed another way, we might say that the one religion teaches salvation by human works. The other proclaims salvation for us by God through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. It is received by faith. And the Bible assures us that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)

Which religion is the right one? The Bible makes it clear. It’s “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). That’s the true religion! – Richard W. De Haan

There is no other name on earth

By whom salvation’s given

Save Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

God’s precious gift from heaven. – Stairs

We are saved by God’s mercy, not by our merit – by Christ’s dying, not by our doing.

  • June 19, 1987, Our Daily Bread