Here the reprobate is answering a question about the statement Jesus makes in John 14, “I am the way the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” The question is asked after the reprobate seems to see the door to heaven to be open a crack wider than a belief in Jesus Christ.
Excerpts from Chapter Eleven:
Salvation by Christ alone was one of the tenants of the tradition from which Jason came. A number of bible verses came to mind that clearly indicated that. He decided this was not a moment he could let pass without some rejoinder. “There are a number of bible verses that would seem to be on this point. How do you read, ‘There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved’?”
Runner turned as Jason asked the question. “That’s taken from Peter’s speech to the Sanhedrin, shortly after Pentecost, I believe. Peter and John had healed a lame man and the Sanhedrin had arrested them and asked them by what power or by what name they had healed the man. I think Peter’s statement is quite true. There is no other name given among men, that is, no other human being, through which humanity can see the face of God.
“My question to you is, does Peter’s proclamation preempt God from saving souls directly through His own love and grace—His devout followers who call on His name? As I said, this passage would seem to indicate that Jesus was unique on the human scene and that through this life Christians have a window to see into the heart of God. But, again, does God give up His prerogative to love and save other of His devout children who may not have heard of Christ? Does God owe obeisance to Peter’s pronouncement?”
“And a further point, these folks* hold that God doesn’t change, they say one of His attributes is that He is immutable, changeless. Then it seems to me an interesting question is did He revoke His covenant with the Jews? Could He revoke it? Are the promises of God revocable? Can God change? And an even more distasteful contemplation to these folk regards the recognition that the descendants of Hagar and Ishmael may be included in those descendants to whom God promised Abram to be a God.
“Paul was quite clear in the eleventh chapter of his letter to the Romans that the whole of Israel will be saved because they are God’s friends for the sake of the patriarchs. Paul says, ‘For the gracious gifts of God and his calling are irrevocable.’ My nurse argues if anyone believes that the door to heaven can be opened just a crack farther than salvation through Christ alone, that person is evil and condemned to Hell. That’s a logic that I cannot, for the life of me, follow, and which, I believe, condemns both Peter and Paul to the same end to which they condemn me.”
*”these folks” are the reprobate’s detractors in the nursing home. in which he resides.
Author’s note: Emphasis added.