4) God alone is God despite the majority who claim otherwise. Elijah allowed the prophets of Baal to call upon their gods first. He gave them the opportunity saying, “for you are many (v. 25).” The fact that they were many was irrelevant.

Sadly, most people worship a false god or gods or adhere to a false belief system. Why? “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matt. 7:14).” But, if anyone is to have life, she must come to faith in Christ: nothing else will save. The reason we vie for God’s exclusivity is not to be hard or contrary. The reason we vie for Christ’s exclusivity is not only for His glory, but because it’s a matter of life and death.

Dr. Paul J. Dean is the pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Greer, SC, and hosts a daily, live, call-in radio talk show: "Calling for Truth." He serves as the Director of Applied Ministry at the Greenville, SC extension of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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