About the Author

Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace.

When he was a small boy, his father was converted to Christ and became a member of a Missionary Baptist Church. Thomas Ray joined the church of his father when he was 13 years old, and thought of himself as a Christian. The doctrines of grace that he had heard as a child continued to be precious to him and when he became an adult, he joined a Primitive Baptist Church. When he was 27, Thomas Ray made his first effort to preach the gospel in public and was ordained to the full functions of the ministry in 1985. In 1986 he was convinced under the preaching of Rolfe Barnard (by tapes from Mt. Olive Tape Library), the written sermons of Spurgeon, and the ministry of Elder Zack Guess that he had been a false professor and cried out in agony of soul to the Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy and truly save him. And He did! Floyd then began to preach the gospel as he had been taught of the Lord.

Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee and until recently was pastor of a church plant known as "Particular Baptist Fellowship." He and his wife Brenda presently attend Zion Baptist Church at Polkville, Mississippi, pastored by Elder Glen Hopkins. The pulpit ministry of Zion Baptist Church can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christ, the Only Way

(Article for publication week of 12-10-2008 AD)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, ‘He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbed up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1). One of the most soul damning lies being advocated in your day and mine is the lie of “inclusivism.” The false prophets who advocate this awful lie say that everyone who is religious and sincere will finally be in heaven. These false prophets say that Christians, Jews , Moslems, Buddhists , Hindus and everything else all actually worship the same god. But my friends, the Lord Jesus Christ did not preach that. He said the only way to get to heaven is through Him, and that everyone who is trying to get to heaven some other way is a “thief and a robber.” Further down in John 10 (verse 7), our Lord said, “I Am THE Door of the sheep.” all who think they may be saved without faith in Christ are nothing but thieves and robbers and they will be eternally disappointed in the Day of Judgment.

Nor is this an isolated or ambiguous text concerning Christ being the only way to God. Acts 4:12 plainly says “Neither is there salvation in any other , for there none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” My friends Mohammed cannot get anyone to heaven. Bhudda can’t get you to heaven. Moses cannot get you to heaven. Your good works cannot get you to heaven. Your church membership cannot get you to heaven. No religious system can get you to heaven. Every Christless religious system is leading folks down to hell. Christ is THE WAY and the only Way to heaven . In John 14:6 our Lord Jesus Christ said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Christ is not one of many ways, but he is the One and Only Way of salvation.

Christ is the only way of salvation because he is the only one who has made a real and full atonement for sinners. God’s justice requires that sinners against His Holy Law must be punished. Neighbour, you and I have sinned against God and broken His laws and unless our sin is atoned for, we must bear the terrible punishment ourselves. But I want you to know that Christ took the sins of believers upon Himself (I Peter 2:24) and made a full and a real atonement for all who come to Him in faith. The Lord Jesus Christ was wounded for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:5). The Lord Jesus Christ was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (II Corinthians 5:21). The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Substitute for sinners that there will ever be, and unless you have Him for your Substitute, you must bear the heavy guilt of sin yourself and be punished eternally in Hell. But everyone who truly trusts in Christ as their Substitute will be saved from the wrath to come.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation because he is the one and only Mediator between God and men. Go read it in I Timothy 2:5. My friend, you cannot go to God on your own. You are a sinner, and God is too Holy to let people like us into His Holy Presence (Habakkuk 1:13). To get to God we must have one to be our “go between.” This the Lord does this for sinners who come to him begging for mercy. The Lord Jesus Christ is this very moment interceding in heaven for the chief of sinners, and He has said He will in no wise cast out any who come to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Person in the universe who is fully God and fully man. He is the GOD-Man. He is the Daysman Who takes sinners by one hand and lays hold on God with the other hand. No one who trusts in Him alone for salvation shall ever be disappointed.

Come to Christ today without delay. There is salvation in Him and in no other. I promise you , you will not be disappointed in Christ. He is able, willing and ready to save all who come to Him in faith. May the Holy Spirit quicken you and draw you effectually to the Dear Saviour and may you find salvation in the only Saviour of sinners. Come into the sheepfold through the only Door- the Lord Jesus Christ.

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