“Bloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” – (I John 4:1-3 ESV)
God has called his children to be salt and light in the earth. We are to love those who disagree with us and who do not follow Jesus. But we are also called, as followers of Jesus Christ, to defend the teaching of the New Testament as taught by Jesus and his Apostles. Jesus is our King and we are subjects of his kingdom. As loyal subjects we cannot compromise with the spirit of the antichrist that would cast doubt on the person and teaching of Christ.
An alarming number of individual Christians and movements have aliened themselves with this antichrist spirit. They teach universalism (that you can be saved without trusting in Jesus). Many religions acknowledge Jesus as a great prophet, but unless they confess him as the Christ, the anointed and only begotten Son of God, they cannot enter into his eternal kingdom. This teaching is basic Christianity.
Jesus is God. And trusting Him is the only way to Heaven. For me to teach anything else would be to give into the spirit of the antichrist, which is the prevailing spirit of the age we live in. As Christians we must see this as spiritual warfare. This warfare will be waged by those who proclaim the truth of the Gospel, without fear of those who oppose the Gospel message.
If you are a Christian, don’t allow yourself to fall under the spell of religious pluralism (all sincere people of other religions will go to Heaven) that is growing stronger in our culture. Spending time in prayer and deep meditation on the Scripture is the way to strengthen our relationship with God. We must seek to live in the presence of the Holy Spirit, or we will begin to comprise the truth and be lead astray. We must remain spiritually diligent and stay alert.