Survey Shows that Majority Believe in Multiple Ways to Heaven; SES President Stands by Biblical Truth

 Judge Phil Ginn Declares, ‘At SES, We Strive to Be Steadfast in the Truth of the Word of God—We Are Anchored in Our Faith’

October 25, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly 70 percent of born-again Christians believe that other religions can lead to heaven, according to a recent survey from Probe Ministries. The survey, which looked at religious beliefs and attitudes toward cultural behaviors, polled over 3,000 Americans ages 18-55—including 717 respondents who identified as born-again Christians. The survey also found that among the top reasons given by born-again Christians for not discussing their faith with other people is an acceptance of pluralism. When asked why they don’t share their beliefs with others, born-again respondents chose these top three responses: “They can get to heaven through their different religious belief,” “We shouldn’t impose our ideas on others,” and “The Bible tells us not to judge others,” according to a report in The Christian Post about the survey.

Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, ses.edu), reacted to the poll results amid the wider context of today’s “woke” culture, in which scores of Americans are rejecting faith and faith institutions.

Says Judge Ginn, “In discussing the end times, the Scriptures are replete with phrases such as ‘falling away,’ ‘eyes being blinded,’ ‘deception,’ and even ‘remnant.’ While none of us really like to think in terms of the end of days, the truth of the matter is that while He was on earth, Jesus talked more about hell than He did about heaven.” Adds Ginn, “Now, a recent survey from Probe Ministries shows that even among self-proclaimed, born-again believers, some 70 percent have bought into the cultural fabrication that there is more than one way to God. I don’t honestly spend a lot of time on predictions of when Christ will break back into history. However, we at SES believe that He is coming—and if Jesus doesn’t come soon, He will miss a good opportunity. 

“I am more concerned right now about the fact that we are living in the end times for our beloved nation,” states Ginn. “As the falsehoods propounded by our culture have seeped like saltwater into a fresh-water supply, they are drawing people away from the truth. At SES, we strive to be steadfast in the truth of the Word of God,” continues Ginn. “As we do, we are anchored in our faith and will not be subject to the whims of popularity or cultural norms that belittle our faith and are in abject denial of the truth of the Gospel message.”

Judge Ginn sounds this urgent note, too: “In the face of this cultural barrage, true Christians need to take the same stand. Perhaps these same Christians need to take a closer look at the sheer logic of the truth as steadfastly taught at SES to find the antidote for the cunning lies of our present culture. I truly believe that the time is short for America—so Americans must choose now whom they will serve. At SES, we’ve already made that decision and are proud to stand with the remnant of true believers. With God’s help, we will continue to serve Him and Him only—even in the face of the threat of persecution.” 

SES recently held the important livestreamed event, “Awaken.” The event examined issues related to systemic racism in America, police violence, and people of color; the nature of true social justice; and how individuals can escape today’s “wokism.” Featured speakers included SES President Judge Phil Ginn, former police officer Eric Muldrow, and Monique Duson of the Center for Biblical Unity.

Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, Judge Ginn served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers the 15-hour Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).SES believes that one must minister to the present generation according to its needs—and to do so with truth and power. Students need training in the ethical, political and economic implications of the unchanging Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). The PPE can also be used as a concentration within most master’s degrees (excluding Master of Arts in Religion).The combination of PPE training and classical seminary education can be a potent one in combating the new heresies and false doctrines rooted in a secularist, progressivist worldview.

For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.

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