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Are You Good Enough to Go to Heaven?

Thoughts For Young Men

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Whose Standard Are You Trusting in?

                                         Whose standard are you trusting in?
It’s all about what Jesus did, not about what we can do. That’s the difference from Christianity with salvation to one that just makes the claims that they are the one true way to getting saved. The love chapter of the Bible, I Corinthians 13, tells us, “(Love) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” Take the idea of an apologist, for instance. Apologetics is the work of convincing people to change their views. But it can also consist of simply giving an answer to a question about Jesus or a Bible passage. The danger, of course, is when a person trusts a particular person that has that “Title” but leads people away from the truth. As I’ve stated many times here, we should test just how well their beliefs are solid in comparison to what the Bible tells us.
First, I want all of the readers to understand this is NOT just a religious–bashing article. However, having said that, there is so much about most religions that is incorrect and contrary to Biblical Christianity, that I must point them out here. Perhaps if you understood why I write these things isn’t to anger the ones that read it, but rather to point out why we say what we say, in an effort to bridge our different viewpoints.
There are three verses to look at from Scripture. 1 Timothy 1:15 says, “That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Finally, John 3:36 adds,  “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” This is a free gift from God that no one can earn, nor deserve.  This is why we see in Romans 4:4 that it says, ”Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.” If this was to say we can earn or merit this gift then it no longer would be a gift but rather a good deal. Sure we see James 2:20 say, “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” and verse 2:24 adds, “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” But you must remember that verses from Romans 11:6 tells us, “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” Where are the works, you might be wondering? They follow just as Ephesians shows us in verse 2:10 and Titus 2:14. Works are a natural character of a saved person, not a method to  accomplish getting to Heaven.  Scriptures state this also in Galatians 2:16; “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”
So let’s look at a certain religion’s way and see what it says, what they claim, in comparing the two ways. The Catholic would likely say they are saved because they were baptized, go to mass, receive communion, or do some sacrament or perhaps pray to Mary or some other saint. But none of these get rid of their sins. They’re saying that Christ gave them these things to get rid of sins and this is by faith, but is it? Sure looks as if they are believing, but are they? Look closer and you will see where their faith really is; it is in themselves, or their religion and not of the Jesus of the Bible. The Catholic Church apologists have misled its members to the point of wondering if any will get saved. Their system almost drowns out the working plan of the Father, who sent His one and only son to the cross as a substitutionary atonement for the purpose of us being able to attain forgiveness of our sins.  The part where they are in error is the thinking that when they say that they have faith in Jesus, but Jesus never gave them the sacraments or the mass with the idea to do to be saved. But that isn’t the Jesus of the Bible. Saying that they can and should pray to saints and Mary is a good example of where they are using a human method to replace the way of the Lord. Sure, it does make sense to ask someone to go to the Lord on your behalf, especially if you think they are now “alive with Christ” as Mary, His mother is. But this is another way in which you aren’t following His will.  Over and over we see in Scriptures that we should follow the Lord according to His way as Mary once stated “Do as He says.” Sure He is God and His word tells us to go to Him not anyone else. He died for us, and as Scriptures show that He is a jealous God, that He provided the atonement for us, and there is no other name by which we can be saved.
       I also might add that we Protestants aren’t being judgmental when we try to tell you that a loved one of yours might not be in Heaven. When you assume that they died and went to heaven, isn’t it because you may think that if you were God, you would see that they were nice  and good enough and that may be the standard to get gifts at Christmas but that isn’t how God judges a person. Take for instance when Jesus told us in Matthew 5:20 – “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Think about that for a moment, these were the religious leaders of that time along with the fact that the only standard of those entering heaven is PERFECTION! And doesn’t Jesus tell us no one but the Father is perfect? So who gets to heaven? The answer lies in 2 Corinthians 5:21 where we have the great exchange. Jesus took our sins to the cross, and knowing that the Human at heart is self-centered, He still willingly took everyone’s sin to the cross, so that we could make that gift our gift if we do as his word says, acknowledge that this was how he bought us, washed us and purchased us through His spilt blood, not through some sacrament, or priestly confession of sin, or mass that you might do. Thus we, if we believe in what he did for us, we are then imputed His perfect righteousness to our account, not as a free get into Heaven pass, but when they make that heart felt decision to follow Him as their Lord, to do as His word says, that’s the point of attaining Heaven.  Again it’s all about what Jesus did, not what we do. You can take any “religion” that you choose and thus see their flaws. Thus we can know we are -saved and are not just being self-righteous, but rather a true son or daughter of God’s, purified in the blood of Christ.
Whether it’s Roman Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons or the Muslim beliefs, or whatever else there is, they all are flawed. Only the ones who see and believe in what Jesus did at Calvary for them will make it.  If you disagree with this article, then please get in contact with Gospel Light Ministries for further explanations and information.