1 Kings 18:21
Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.
In ancient Israel, Elijah confronted the nation for saying they followed God and also a fictional god named Baal. It was this universalist approach to faith that we still see in today’s society. The whole “there are many roads to heaven” ideology or that we “all worship the same God”. The deceiver, Satan, from the beginning has been behind this ideology.
The one who is not discerning their faith can be swept away into this polytheistic pantheism which is so utterly wrong and demonic, they don’t realize what they are doing. As we read 1 Kings 18, Elijah put that polytheism to the test. He asked those who believed Baal was also a god to be worshiped to call upon him. They did so for hours. They even did as some religions do and mutilated themselves in exertion, yet this Baal never showed up. Elijah then called upon the Lord God Almighty, who immediately showed His power. But this was not enough, they still did not repent, so Elijah killed them all by orders from God.
The moral of the story is that just because someone claims to have faith in God or that they are “a Christian” claiming they have faith in Jesus Christ always needs a discernment qualifier. Are they caught under demonic humanism and believe there many roads to heaven, when Jesus said there is ONLY one road through Him? Do they believe anyone who says they are “a Christian” or their church is “Christianity” should be trusted on its claim? Do they claim their god includes Mary for example as some sort of intercessor and mediator? Would they claim that their god gave up his authority to a human authority? Would their god claim that the sinner’s works earn their way to heaven? Would they say their god does not include Jesus as part of the Godhead, or that He was just a “good prophet”? They would be using the same ideology the prophets of Baal used to justify their unbelief and polytheism. And the same WRATH from God abides on them.
There is no middle ground, there are no in-betweens. You are either follow Jesus Christ or you follow your false gods. You either believe God is all who He says He is, or you follow your false gods. You either believe that Christianity is upheld by the ultimate standard of Scripture which was authored by God, or you follow your world religion and their human standards and traditions.
Jesus says “Follow Me”. He isn’t saying “Follow Me and the world” or “Follow Me and your world religion”. There is NO middle ground! Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE (John 14:6), there is no other name under heaven by which one can be saved (Acts 4:12), there is is JUST one road to eternal life and it is by faith alone in Jesus Christ.