Is Faith in Christ the Only Way to Be Saved? - Answers for Church Members - January 19

Common questions from church members answered by 9Marks ministries

9 Marks

Is faith in Christ the only way to be saved?
  • The cultural challenge: People today love to be inclusive. We want everybody to be right. In fact we think that the only way to be wrong is to think that anyone could ever be wrong about anything. So when it comes to religion we say, “All paths lead to God. There’s no one right way. The right thing to believe is whatever works for you.” But is that what the Bible says?
  • The short answer: In Acts 4:12 Peter says, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
  • A slightly longer answer: Faith in Christ is the only way to be saved because it is only by faith in Christ that we can be counted righteous in God’s sight (Galatians 2:16). It is only by faith in Christ that we can be reconciled to God (Romans 5:9-11). It is only by faith in Christ that we can receive eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).
  • Truly inclusive: While many people today find this message intolerably exclusive, we should point them to the radical inclusivity of the gospel. The gospel confronts all people as sinners and offers forgiveness and eternal life to all those who turn from their sin and trust in Christ. It doesn’t matter how good or bad you’ve been. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your religious background is. If you repent of your sin and trust in Christ you will be saved.

For more great resources from Mark Dever and 9Marks Ministries, visit

About Answers for Church Members

Learn all about Christianity at with rich, theological articles, video, and audio focused on the life of Jesus Christ, Bible Study, the Christian church, and Christian living for families. Grow in your faith and walk with Christ as you read about the history of Christianity, salvation, evangelism and discipleship. Use free daily devotionals from your favorite pastors, authors, and speakers as a way to spend daily quiet time with God. Discover how devotions can help you make postive changes in your life toward living out the promises of God. also offers free online Bible study tools with over 30 translations and a library of commentaries, concordances, lexicons, and more for you to highlight, take notes in, and bookmark for studying the Word!

Editors' Picks

  • How Did Lucifer Fall and Become Satan?
    How Did Lucifer Fall and Become Satan?
  • When a Harsh Pastor Is Really a False Teacher
    When a Harsh Pastor Is Really a False Teacher
  • Can Christians Embrace Evolution?
    Can Christians Embrace Evolution?