Salvation by GRACE through FAITH and completely apart from ‘works of the law’ (Ephesians 2:8 – 10)…… is the TRUE message of the Bible.
But that’s ‘too easy’ or ‘too simple’ for many people to accept….. so they either bind themselves to Jewish law (Seventh Day Adventists)…. or else, they create other ‘rules and regulations’ that supposedly make people ‘right with God’ (Eastern religions, cults, etc.)
The idea that people are hopeless sinners and can do NOTHING to become righteous ….. that also sticks in the craw of a lot of people…. ‘ How do you mean I am a worthless sinner, how DARE you say that to me ?….. who do you think you are ?’
You need to remind these people of two things:
1. It’s not your idea but is actually what God has said.
2. You were no better than them…. until your life was changed by Jesus Christ ….. and they can have that too ! ….. IF they will only BELIEVE the Truth.
The sad fact is ….. people prefer to believe LIES….. because they want to eat their cake and have it too….. they want to go on living in the world ‘enjoying’ their sin……. and have a ‘religion’ that still promises them blessings in the hereafter.
Are you desperately clinging to LIES today ?
There could only be 3 possibilities:
1. You just don’t care about your future…. many times this position changes as you draw closer to death.
2. You have believed a LIE and are clinging to it with the stubbornness of a mule.
3. You have found the TRUTH and have experienced first-hand the Glory of God in your life.