Although I do not know John Piper, he has made a significant impact in my life. Pastor Piper is the author of more than forty books, and Jesus: The Only Way to God is one of over a dozen books of his I have read. It was published less than one year ago and can combat much of the junk that is printed today. The 123 pager is divided into seven chapters (plus an introduction, conclusion, and a Desiring God resource page) and completing it will take you about the same time it takes to watch a movie. If you believe in relativism (There is no absolute truth), universalism (All people will go to Heaven), or annihilationism (When a person dies, they no longer exists), prepare to be challenged. Jesus: The Only Way to God is solid theological teaching that makes no qualms about who Jesus is. Jesus is the Son of God who became sin for us. His work on the cross is what saves us. One must place their faith in Him or they will be eternally tormented in Hell when they pass from this world. Only Jesus gives us access to God. Only Jesus gives us eternal life in Heaven. We are to live for Him because He died for us. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
Through the years there have been those who have decided that perhaps people can come to God without Jesus. Some have declared that those who reject Jesus are annihilated. Others claim that the condemned eventually are brought to repentance after a period of punishment. Then others tell us that those who have never heard of Jesus can actually come to God by following the knowledge that they have from nature. A Hindu who is a good Hindu can come to God without consciously believing Jesus.The question that we must ask is, Is this true?Piper asks three questions in one: Is Jesus The Only Way of Salvation? The answer is a definite YES!Working from there, Piper asks:1. Will anyone experience eternal, conscious torment under God's wrath?2. Is the work of Jesus necessary for salvation?3. Is conscious faith in Jesus necessary for salvation?To each of these questions Piper gives a resounding YES! as an answer.Though the book is short and the chapters concise, the Biblical exegesis is sound. The answers are true to the historic faith of Christianity, and they are certainly Biblical.In a pluralistic world it is easy for us to bend and yield to the pressures against the exclusive claims of Christ. In reality, we must say that Christianity is exclusive of those who WILL NOT believe, but is inclusive of ALL WHO WILL believe. The door of opportunity is open and sinners MUST BELIEVE the Gospel.I'm glad that Piper has chosen to take his stand as one who holds fast to this truth.