Steve Chalke, a man who calls himself a Christian pastor at a church called Oasis in London, has released a series of videos espousing one world religion and universalism. He makes arguments that set up Christian teachings as straw men so he can tear them down. In his haste to tear down true Christian doctrines, Chalke has essentially proven the Bible true in prophecies from Christ, Paul, Peter, John, and Jude that there would be false teachers preaching a fake Christ and false doctrines in churches in the last days.
Chalke borrows from atheists to raise questions such as, “Are not many of us who are Western Christians, Christians only because we are Western? Surely, if the most devout Christians had been raised in an Islamic context they would be, very likely, devout Muslims. Or to put another way, is salvation little more than a geographical lottery?”
He then proceeds to ask, “Is the God of love really content to consign the vast majority of the population of earth to judgment and then on to some kind of hell? Would God – the God who is universal love – ordain that only the Christian minority of the human race can be rescued?”
But his questions show he doesn’t really believe God’s word or know God’s word. Anyone who would embrace Chalke as their pastor lacks discernment. Chalke, first of all, seems ignorant of what a true Christian is. True saints aren’t saints because they live in the West. They are Christians because they believe in the true Lord Jesus who has been preached to them. That holds true for every believer on every continent and in every nation, regardless of geography.
Chalke presumes most people who grow up under Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. in their corner of the world will most likely not hear the gospel. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The gospel has spread to every corner of the globe. It reached every corner of the globe by the end of the first century, thanks to Christ’s disciples. Today, it is spread via print, radio, satellite, TV, and the Internet in languages that people everywhere can understand. If that weren’t enough, the Lord and his angels are also appearing in dreams and visions to non-Christians to share the gospel.
Chalke, using his socialist mentality, seems to think all people are entitled to enter God’s house, oblivious to the fact heaven is God’s house and it’s God’s right to determine who he will allow to enter. The Lord makes plain in HIS word, not in man’s philosophy or logic or false religion, that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life–no one comes to the Father but by him (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 4:12).
Being the God of love he is, it requires him to punish evil and reward good. That means those who disobey him without ever being sorry for it cannot receive the same eternal things as those who humble themselves and surrender to God’s ways by faith through grace.
Source: Harry Farley, Steve Chalke: Heaven is not just for Christians, ChristianToday.com, April 11, 2018.