Jesus shared with us the greatest promise anyone can hear and believe. He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24). Everyone is going to die, that’s a given, because no one will live this life forever. Yet, as common and well understood as this fact is, no one really likes to talk about it. But if I could say something without coming across too harsh, only a fool would go through life totally unprepared for something they know is going to happen. The writer of Hebrews says that it’s been appointed to everyone a time to die, and afterwards stand before God in judgment (Hebrews 9:27). So, here’s the questions, do you know where you’ll spend eternity? And what do you base that decision upon? In my experiences I have seen far too many people find their hope and eternal security in so many different things.
I will share the top 5 false gospels that people think they can find salvation. The first one is this...
- Salvation by Sincerity.
There are people who believe they are saved by being sincere. They say things like “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you are sincere.” Sincerity won't save us because God has made it clear that salvation is His work and not ours. The Bible is very clear that we cannot earn salvation for ourselves. Only God can give that to us. Jesus, in John 14:6, said that He is the only way to the Father. And in Acts 4:12 declares that there is no other name under Heaven that can save but Jesus.
- Salvation through Good Works.
There are people who believe that good works will get them into God’s good graces and gain them entrance into heaven. But the Bible says, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8–9). Insisting that God looks at our good works as His basis for giving us eternal life, we are actually telling God that it should be our way and not His that should matter, and that is boasting! This is pride and James 4:6 tells us that God resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble. When we understand that there is no way we can save ourselves from the punishment of our sins and that He alone can grant salvation to us, then the flood-gates of God's grace will open up to us.
- Salvation by Subtraction
There are people who believe they'll get into heaven by giving up stuff, like smoking, drinking, cussing, and a thousand other vices that people have. You just need to stop doing certain bad things and hope God will forgive your sins. But Jesus said; "Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person. …what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person." (Matthew 15:10–11,18–20). There’s only one way we can receive the grace of God. The Bible says, “But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:14 NIV). The saving grace of God is a narrow road. You can’t earn it. You can’t make it happen on your own. You’ll never deserve it. You can only receive it by faith.
- Salvation by Religion.
There are people who will join churches, say certain prayers, and perform certain rituals believing that what they are doing is enough to save themselves. But sitting in a church and saying things like a Christian makes a person a Christian just as much as sitting in a pet store and barking like a dog makes a person a dog. Going to church and praying are good things but they're not enough to save you. The Bible says, There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 16:25). Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV).
- Salvation by Heritage
There are people who believe they are saved because their parents or grand parents were Christians. The truth is; God doesn’t have any grand kids. He only has sons and daughters. And Jesus doesn’t have any cousins. He only has brothers and sisters. No one comes to the father because their family has a history of Christianity. Again, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV). Finally, there are those who believe in…
- Salvation by Comparison
There are people who will say, “At least I’m not like this person or that person.” But the Bible says, …it isn’t wise, but foolish, to compare ourselves to others (2 Corinthians 10:12). And, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." (Proverbs 16:25).
The truth about Salvation.
We need to stop trying to prove yourself worthy of God's grace. Salvation and eternal life with God comes only through having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who said, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). The Apostle Peter said it so well… “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you… (1 Peter 1:3–5).
You see, your Salvation, the abundant life and your eternal security is less about what we know and do and more about Who we know and what He has done. Because Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead, our sins are forgiven. Because of Jesus we can have a life of meaning and purpose. And because of Jesus our eternal future is secured in heaven.
Jesus said it best, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–27).
The Problem Is Sin !
Every human being has a natural desire to be the boss and ignore God’s principles for living. We’ve heard it all before: “Look out for #1. Do your own thing.” “If it feels good, do it” regardless of what God says about it. “It’s my life, and I’ll do what I please!” The Bible calls this sin. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Sin breaks our close relationship with God. It causes us to avoid God and to try to live our lives outside his will: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). When our relationship with God is not right, it causes problems in all areas of our lives—marriage, career, relationships, finances, and everything else we hold near and dear to us. When people have problems, they often try many ways of coping before turning to God. The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Prov. 16:25).
God’s Solution Is Grace.
Jesus is the only solution to your sin problem. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). God himself came to earth as a human being to bring us back to himself. If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christ would not have had to come. The way is Jesus! “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). God did this for us because he loves us and wants us to know him. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). God has already done his part to restore our relationship to him. God took the initiative. Now, he waits for each of us to accept what he has done for us.
What Does He Want You to Do?
First, God wants you to admit that he has not been in first place in your life. Ask him to forgive your sins. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Next, God calls you to believe in faith that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that he rose again and is alive today. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom.10:9).
Next, you need to accept God’s free gift of salvation and not try to earn it. God says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8–9).
Our relationship to God is not restored by anything we can do, but on the basis of what Jesus has done for us! Then, God wants you ask Jesus Christ to come and be the Lord of your life. God tells us, “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Rom.10:13).
You can take these steps by praying a simple prayer of commitment to God. Here is an example: Dear Jesus, thank you for making me. Thank you for loving me, even when I’ve ignored you and gone my own way. I realize I need you in my life, and I’m sorry for my sins. I ask you to forgive me. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. Please help me to understand it more. As much as I know how, I want to follow you from now on. Please come into my life and make me a new person inside. I accept your gift of salvation. Please help me to grow now as a Christian. Amen.
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