A Good Man Lost and a Bad Man Saved
By David J. Stewart
Luke 12:24, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”
Many people will be shocked on Judgment Day when they are turned away from Heaven and cast into the Lake of Fire. Matthew 22:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, YE DO ERR, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” Most religious people today ERR in the Scriptures and are woefully ignorant of the power of God.
There will be adulterers and murderers in Heaven, who obeyed the gospel and believed solely upon Christ's righteousness for the forgiveness of their sins.
And yet there will be many morally upright people, who did their best to give to the poor and abstain from wickedness, who will go to Hell forever because they died in their sins, in their self-righteousness without Christ.
Religion is a paved road to Hell. Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but Jesus wants to open our eyes. Most people have churchianity without Christianity, and religion without truth.
No amount of goodness can earn a person Heaven. There are many good sinners in this world, but they are still sinners. Salvation is not by works of righteousness. Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The hardest part about getting a person saved is first convincing them that they're lost.
Acts 10:1-2, “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.” Cornelius was a good man who feared God, gave to the poor, and prayed always. Yet, he was not saved. God told Peter in a dream to go witness to Cornelius. The hard part wasn't getting Cornelius saved, it was getting Peter to go witness to Cornelius. This is the same problem in the Church today. Getting people saved is not the hard part, it's trying to get believers to go soulwinning that's the difficult part. Most Christians don't obey The Great Commission to go soulwinning. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, “GO YE.” This is the most difficult part. The reason why more believers aren't concerned about the lost souls of sinners is because we don't hear enough preaching these days on eternal punishment.
It matters not how good you may be, you can't make up your own rules. The strait gate which leadeth unto life is by faith alone in the righteousness of Jesus. We are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS! Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
God will forgive the vilest sinner who comes by way of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, for forgiveness of sins. John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Amen and amen!
The nicest, most loving, kindest person in the world will go strait to Hell to be tormented in flames of fire forever and ever if they die in their sins without faith in Jesus, the Christ. It's not what you're doing that gets you to Heaven, it's where you're looking. Look to Jesus. Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Look to Jesus!
Most religions teach that good people go to Heaven, and bad people go to Hell. The truth is that we are all bad people. We are all guilty sinners, having broken God's Law (Romans 3:19). There is NONE RIGHTEOUS (Romans 3:10). Even one sin makes a person guilty of all in God's eyes (James 2:10), because even one sin brings the curse of God's Law upon us. Only through Jesus Christ can the curse be removed. We are saved by God's grace and mercy. No one is worthy of Heaven.
There are some people today who think they must live a good life to keep their salvation. They have been led down a false path and will not make it to Heaven. Self-righteousness is a false road. Calvinists teach that a person must “persevere” in faith in order to be saved. It is a false path of self-righteousness. Lordship Salvationists; such as John MacArthur and Ray Comfort, teach that a sinner must cease from committing their sins to be saved. It is a false path of self-righteousness, and a heavy burden to be borne that no man can fulfil. Who can forsake all their sins?
Anyone who tries to stop living in sin as part of their salvation is going down a wrong path. The gate to Heaven is the great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He stands at the gate and freely invites anyone to enter. We are saved by simply believing on Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, to forgive our sins. The necessary changes to be made in a person's life is God's department and has nothing to do with the gift of eternal life. Many good men who teach religious doctrines will go to Hell, because they DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES (Matthew 22:29).
The simplicity that is in Christ is that we are the SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR.
It's not what you're doing that gets you to Heaven, it's where you're looking. Look to Jesus.
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