Eph. 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.”
False religions and cults are easy to spot because they all add their own “works” to salvation. Whether it be the Jehovah witnesses, Iglesia ni Kristo, the Mormons or the Roman Catholic Church… They all add man’s works, in an attempt to make themselves ‘acceptable’, to the once and for all finished work of Christ on the cross. They cannot accept that the Lord Jesus has done everything in the cross for us to be saved. As what E. Stanley Jones said “Religions are man’s search for God; the gospel is God’s search for man. There are many religions, but only one gospel.” God is now calling us all to behold His Son. It is absolute foolishness to tell God to behold our works instead!
Recently I read a story about an old woman with cancer and was in the last stages of her life. She was not a Christian and began to get extremely frightened at the thought of dying. So frightened in fact, that she was afraid to go to sleep at night because she wasn’t sure whether she would wake up. As she was staying in a special home at the time she called for the chaplain. After explaining her fear of dying due to not being sure where she would go, the chaplain asked her “Have you been a good person?” She replied, “I’ve only been to church once in my entire life.” The chaplain then told her “That’s fine, when you die, you will go to Heaven to be with your husband” (who wasn’t a believer). The chaplain then asked “Does this help you?” To which she replied “No…no it doesn’t.” And the chaplain didn’t have anything else to tell her. I couldn’t believe it when I read it. That’s an idiotic advice. No one can be saved through being good! Giving advice on the things of God and eternity and not even knowing the basic of salvation is like having a blind guide!
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