Sermon Passage: Acts 10:1–43; John 14:6
Are we just hoping we picked the right religion?
Some people say there are three types of people in the world:
- Those who arbitrarily choose a religion like they’re choosing their favorite sports team. God likes us and hates everyone else.
- Those who say God accepts everyone. These people are inevitably saying that God doesn’t care about evil or else he’s too weak to do anything about it.
- Those who say nobody knows. These people are basically saying God doesn’t care what you think about him, he just wants to endorse your self-affirmation, so long as you’re generally a good person.
Most people today fall into some form of the last one. This is the Disney-God, a recent phenomenon who would never commit today’s most terrible offense: offending someone. God’s role in this view is to say that you’re okay. Every funeral is meant to say that someone is in a better place, but where’s the line? More importantly, who gets to decide where the line is?
When you say, “Just try to be good,” you claim to be that person. You always draw the line with yourself in the safe zone.
Crossing Church doesn’t draw the line.
In Acts 10, even Peter had a lesson to learn, but God taught him and the rest of the world a new lesson.
In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”