Weekly Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn Sennitt –
“The Five Solas of the Reformation: Christ Alone”
I once was listening to a missionary from India talking about the various challenges that he faced on the mission field. The biggest one was that there often was a high level of conversions, but most of them were ‘false positives’. No sooner had they trusted in Jesus than they went back to their other gods, and even tried to worship Him with all the other deities that they were already devoted to. They weren’t seeking salvation in Christ alone (Solus Christus, the other statement of the Reformation), but were just using Him to keep clinging on to their other idols.
God tells us in the Ten Words of the Law that He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5), and He will brook no rivals. Just as a man cannot be married to two women without having divided loyalties so God cannot be worshipped inside a pantheon. To come to God is surrender all other loyalties.
Jesus said as much about Himself when He walked on earth: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6, NKJV). Earlier in John 10:1-2,9, He depicted Himself as a gate and said likewise: “… He who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep … I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”.
Tragically many people do try, even though it’s a fool’s errand. They think they can be saved through Islam, for instance, because apparently it’s ‘just another way to the same destination’. Many Christians of all people (!) think they can pursue self-sufficiency and wealth as the measure of their quality in life while simultaneously calling Jesus Lord. But, no, Jesus said we cannot love both God and money (Matt. 6:24). When it comes to salvation, you cannot be half-pregnant, and Jesus’ claims here provoke the question: ‘Where does your salvation truly lie, regardless of what you may say with your lips?’
May we put our trust and hope in Christ alone, because all other ground is sinking sand.
~ God bless, Pastor Haydn.