Can one be honestly mistaken and still be acceptable in God’s sight? Can morally, sincere, good people be eternally lost? It’s a subject many want to avoid, but the scripture gives us a direct answer.
The plan of salvation is so plain and simple, yet so many are honestly mistaken on it. The plan is plainly revealed in the word of God. All teach Jesus, but all don’t obey what Jesus taught. Most avoid the teaching of the apostles as if they taught a different gospel than Jesus himself. We have a number of cases of conversion on record in the book of Acts which serve as examples to the plan of salvation. There is not one Christian convert who obeyed a different gospel. There was not one exception in the new testament as to how one is saved. The 3,000 on the day of Pentecost obeyed it. Saul obeyed it. The Eunuch obeyed it. Cornelius and his house obeyed it. So did Lydia, the jailer and the Corinthians. No one can be mistake about the gospel. It’s just too simple to be misunderstood.
Many are living in adultery as if they don’t know what constitutes adultery. How can one misunderstand what Jesus and his apostles wrote concerning such matters? Jesus said marriage was for life for man with only one exception_fornication (Mt 19:9). Paul wrote to the Romans and the Corinthians that women were bound to their husbands as long as he lived. If she is married to another man and her husband be alive, she shall be called an adulteress (Rom 7:2,3 f; 1 Cor 7:39. Face it, it’s not rocket science.
Where does it all end for mankind? The Modernists say we can be honestly mistaken about the inspiration of the scriptures (1 Cor. 2:13 f; 2 Tim. 3:16). They are quick to redefine God’s Word. They are quick to quote the opinions of men.
If honesty in religion is all that is necessary to salvation, why was the gospel of Christ revealed to all the world (Col 1:23)? Why did Jesus set forth positive terms and give positive commandments? Why is man restricted to one system of doctrine, if anything will do (Gal. 1:8)? Why was man forbidden to change God’s Word, his gospel, his doctrine (1 Cor 4:6 ff; Gal 1:6-9; 2 Jn 9)? Let us abide in that which is written (Rev. 22: 18-19). Let us follow the commandments of Jesus and his apostles (1 Cor 11:1). Simply put, we can’t be honestly mistaken if we do exactly what was commanded_no more and no less!