Multitudes of sincere religious people believe that the many highways of religion shall eventually lead their travelers to heaven. Have you not heard it said many times that going to heaven is like entering into a large city? “There are many different routes,” they say, “but all lead to the same destination.”
That is what Satan would have us believe, but it is not what God has clearly declared in His word, the Bible. Please note the word SIN in SINcerity, and the word LIE in beLIEf. One can believe a lie and be wrong, even though sincere (2 Thess. 2:11-12).
It is true that one can reach most cities by more than one road. However, a careful study of any road map will show that all roads do not lead to the same destination. The same is true of heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me” (Jn. 14:6).
Listen to Jesus again as He speaks of the right way to heaven. “Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). Notice that there are only two roads for men to travel. The road to hell is broad because the majority are traveling this expressway. The road to heaven is narrow, and only a few travel it. Both the broad and narrow ways are one way streets!
How glad all should be for this wonderful simplicity! Confusion can be avoided when one recognizes that there is one and only one way provided by the Lord for forgiveness of sins and heaven. It is not “just being religious,” or sincerity alone, but following the road that Christ himself has marked out in the Bible. The “Road” to salvation from past sins for the alien sinner is faith (Heb. 11:6); confession (Rom. 10:9-10); repentance (Acts 17:30) and baptism (Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 2:38). The “Road” to eternal salvation for the Christian is adding to his faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (2 Pet. 1:5-11). The road to heaven does not have a sign saying, “Once in grace, always in grace!”
If you are not certain you are traveling the “right road” to heaven, make sure, by stopping where you are and consulting the Divine Road Map, the Bible. Remember that men draw the maps which lead into the various cities of our nation, but God gave us the Map to Heaven, and His map says there is only one road.