People love bargains (e.g. Black Friday). We look for discounts, sales, freebees, and products at the best value. We look for deals on clothes, groceries, furniture, and just about everything else. In most aspects of live, we love to cut corners or get the most out of something without having to give up as much. Unfortunately, sometimes we also look for Christianity at a bargain as well.
What do we mean by “bargain Christianity”? Think of it this way, every religion claims to be able to show how to get to heaven, but nearly every one of them has a different way to get there. As a result, many people end up settling for the “brand of Christianity” that requires the least amount of effort from them. They want to get to heaven at a bargain price.
Honestly, if there were multiple ways to get to heaven, we would most definitely choose the easiest one. This isn’t the reality though. Even though another religion may seem like a steal, they will prove to be nothing more than a gimmick or a knockoff of true Christianity. Scripture has always made it clear that there is a very specific and limited way to reach heaven. Jesus said in the singular tense, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). To make it even clearer, Jesus talked about one, and only one, road that leads to life, and the other road that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). The inspired apostle Paul reinforced this idea by saying, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
There is no such thing as a “bargain Christianity.” Either we are a part of the one and only church found in Scripture (Acts 2:37-47), or we are being deceived by Satan and those who are “disguised as servants of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15; 4:3-4; Matthew 7:21-23). The only way to know the truth is to line up with the Bible’s commands.
Are you part of the one church found in Scripture? Would you like to know more about the Christianity found in the Bible? Do you have questions? If so, please let us know so we can study and find the truth together.