When Tolerance Becomes a Sin

Life experiences  tell us there is a need for intolerance and we know that the Christ was the most tolerant, broad-minded Man who ever lived. Yet, in other things He was one of the most intolerant and narrow-minded of all. Let us examine that through the view of the Bible.

One of the operative words of our time is tolerance. In our culture we have stretched it like plastic wrap in order to be inclusive of everything and everyone. We have become tolerant about divorce, the use of alcohol and drugs, wickedness in high places, immorality, crime and religion. As result conviction has been drained from the foundational beliefs of our Nation, and nationally our people have largely become godless.

In America, anyone can be in any town  and practically say that all roads lead to Dallas, Texas because of our incredible Interstate Highway System. Near Houlton, Maine one can jump on I-95 South and travel all the way to South Carolina and turn right on to I-20 West and go all the way to Dallas, Texas. However, from other locations in America there are other highways that will take you to the DFW Metroplex, too. But, this is not true about going to Heaven. Not every religion will get everyone there. Jesus is the only way.

Jesus Christ came from His throne in Heaven via human frailty to become man, “Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. “ John 1:14 Net2. He did not stay around long as a man for He was crucified, “Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted to release Jesus. 21 But they kept on shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty of no crime deserving death. I will therefore flog him and release him.” 23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed.” Luke 23:20-23.

Just yesterday I was in conversation with a person who said to me, “You are intolerant because there are many ways people can go to Heaven?” I was not and am not shocked by that statement because I have heard this same argument over and over many times.  At the same time I am saddened because as this person claims and many others as well, “I am a Christian.”

What so many professing Christians have said to me about intolerance, these same people are absolutely clueless about what the Bible says. Unfortunately, just as this person mistakenly does, many believe and rely upon creedal statements which guide their belief systems rather than the inerrant Word of God. They have “What the Bible says” from various parts of the New Testament which talk about love and grace, but in turn have no idea about what the Bible teaches about these things.

Jesus clearly teaches that there are two roads in life and only one leads to Heaven. One is a broad, well-lit for this world yet lacking in faith, convictions and morals, and is the easy, popular and careless way to destruction. This is tolerance at the very worst. However, Jesus says in loving, compassionate and intolerance, “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it!”  Matthew 7:13-14. Jesus told His disciples in John 14:6 that He is the only to the Father.

Fewer and fewer people listen to folks like me and you who know Jesus by faith and understand this road of intolerance. No other religion or philosophy which allows for  the sin of tolerance will direct folks to Jesus Christ who one day will be the final Judge, ““When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25:31-34.  And finally, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15.

Intolerance is not bad for tolerance leads to eternity in Hell.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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