Some teachers say Christians must have works, otherwise they’re not saved. The problem with this is that there has to be total consistency. If you’re going to try to get saved (or stay saved) by keeping the law, then you better keep the whole law.
Let me illustrate it this way. Under the Law of Moses, if you picked up sticks on the Sabbath, you would die. I know a lot of people today who are trying to keep the law so they can go to Heaven, but they overlook the laws about the Sabbath. My Bible tells me, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10) I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go back to the law. Grace is so much better.
Dr. Ray Pritchard said this, “The truth is, Christ plus anything but faith will send you to Hell. The gospel is not about us. The gospel is about what God has done for us through Jesus.” If Christ paid it all, we don’t have to. No amount of church attendance, spiritual reformation, or confession will do the job. It’s a whole lot easier to put our trust in Someone Who did all the work for us than to try doing it ourselves.
Maybe you have been taught that unless a Christian lives a certain way, he isn’t going to Heaven. Friend, take the Bible for what it says. We’re saved by grace and all our sins are forgiven. It’s that simple. Can you think of anything better than grace?
To pervert the gospel robs God of His glory, the church of its comfort, and the worshippers of their hope. — Dr. James A. Scudder
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder