Pastor Tony Butler
Imagine with me, if you will, a young girl wanting to learn how to make a cake from scratch. Her mother sets out some ingredients on the table and tells her daughter to begin making the cake. The daughter in amazement replies, “But Mom, I don’t know how to put the ingredients together!” The mother answers, “Don’t worry, honey, ‘any ole way will do.’” Personally, I don’t think a cake will be produced with such thoughtless declarations.
Better yet, think about an airline pilot coming in for a landing at a busy Atlanta airport. He asks for landing instructions. The tower responds by saying, “Just do what you think is best; ‘any ole way will do.’”
You and I live in a world that requires much specificity and exactness; especially in the sciences, our work place, and most of our day-to-day living. Would you want to be on the space shuttle that was put together “any ole way”? Would the boss accept your work that is done “just any ole way”? Specific directions are needed to get to a specific destination, and sometimes being off by one degree can be the difference between life and death. Yet, when it comes to God, it is amazing to me how people apply the “any ole way” philosophy to their lives. This is the spirit of “Ecumenism.” Buddha, Confucius, nature worshippers, animists, spiritists, Scientologists, New Agers, Islam, Hinduism, white magic, false teachers in Christianity…and the list can go on, of people in belief systems seeking harmony and oneness with one another. They would like us to believe that everyone is a child of God, because God is a loving God, and though the roads that we all travel on are different, they all ultimately lead home to Him. It doesn’t matter if the belief systems are false and contradict one another. With God, “any ole way do.” The world loves this philosophy. So called world religious leaders call for all people to be one, regardless of their faith, believing that ultimately we will all be united with God. God says this is NOT so.
To this I can only say, you don’t swallow this “any ole way” philosophy in every day practical life, and I suggest that you do not swallow it concerning God. The way to God is clear and concise; otherwise Jesus Christ and the apostles are liars and deceivers. The Lord Jesus Christ, Alone, was on the cross and bore our sins on His Own Body, and He, Alone, can save a man’s soul from hell. What you and I think, apart from what the Word of God plainly states, matters none. Let God be true and every man a liar. I close this devotional with some Scripture for you to think about:
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26
“Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6
“Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Acts
“…that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Now in Christ Jesus, you who were once far off have been brought near through the Blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:12, 13
“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the Door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and will find pasture.” John 10:7-9
“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged…and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” Revelation 20:12, 15
“Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made this Jesus, Whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”’ Acts 2:36, 38, 39
“ANY OLE WAY WON’T DO!”