Seriously folks, think about it. Let’s just say that you believe the Bible teaches that you must work hard, to earn your salvation. Assuming that you really do believe this, deep down, it will form the kind of religious person you become. You’ll find yourself striving to DO good things. You’ll find youerself busy in church. You’ll find yourself always concerned that you’re “right with God”.
Then one day, hopefully, you’ll realize that your work “for the Lord” has become your idol. You’ll have become no different than the pagan. Your wrong doctrine caused you to structure the way you live your life, on the wrong foundation. You built your house, on the sand.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24-27
The truth, however, is that we are saved by the redemptive work of Jesus. The work of salvation was done, once and for all. You cannot DO anything to help your odds. If God saved you, how can he loose you?
“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
“We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
This post is less about arguing for the reformed view that we are saved by God, with no work of our own, and more about pointing out that believing in wrong theology will lead you down the path of wrong living.
Believe in the Gospel. Believe in Jesus, He is the only way to God.