Over the years he has asked it repeatedly on his TV show "Larry King Live." On January 12, 2000, his program's topic was "Should Christians stop trying to convert Jews?" On April 24, 2005, the question arose again during a discussion of "What happens after we die?"
Two months later, King interview pastor and best-selling author Joel Osteen and asked, "What if you're Jewish or Muslim, [and] you don't accept Christ at all?"
Is there only one way to God? The world's 6.7 billion people need to know. Unfortunately, many will not like the answer.
Orthodox Rabbi Schmuley Boteach told Larry king in 2000, "I cannot accept that there is a morality, in a spiritual system, which denigrates me as a Jew and says that I am going to burn in hell even though I have lived a good life...This barbaric element which has entered into religion has got to be put aside."
On the April 2005 show, four out of six people on King's religious panel said there are many paths to God. Dissenting wewre atheist Ellen Johnson, who doesn't bel;ieve in God at all, and Dr. John MacArthur. MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Southern California, alone declared that, according to Scripture, a person will not go to heaven apart from Jesus Christ.
Osteeen was not so steadfast. Twice he said he did not know if Christ was the only way to heaven. The next month, he issued a public apology: "I believe with all my heart that it is only through Christ that we have hope in eternal life. I regret and sincerely apologize that I was unclear ont he very thing inw hich I have dedicated my life...I believe that Jesus Christ alone is the only way to salvation."
Osteen's equivocation demonstrates an important reality. There is no middle ground when answering the question, "Is there only one way to God?" The reply must be either yes or no. And the Bible is the only place that contains the correct answer.