The Cursed Dogma of Good Works

June 30, 2012

The Cursed Dogma of Good Works

            No one is so wicked but what he can look back and pride himself in all the good things he has done.  He says to himself, “That has to count for something.”  It gives him reason to think that God must be pleased with him and that he will have mercy on him and give him entrance to Heaven when he dies.

But, is he right about that?  What does the Bible say?  When we take an honest look at the Bible it gives us reason to doubt the merits of good works.  It’s not that God doesn’t say anything about good works.  He has a lot to say about them.  He gave us the Ten Commandments as a moral code.  In the New Testament we read in Titus 3:8  “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works, these things are good and profitable unto men.

Maintaining good works is a debt we owe to our fellow men.  Jesus said “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12  What right do you have to expect others to be good to you if your not willing to be good to them?  It’s just a matter of giving what I expect to get.

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.  When Jesus went away He said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).  The book of Revelation tells us something of the glories of that prepared place.  We read, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away, and he that sat upon the throne said, behold I make all things new.  And he said unto me, Write; for these things are true and faithful.  Revelation 21:3-5

While God is preparing a place, he is also preparing a people to occupy that place.  Consider what it says in Romans 9:22-24.  “What if God, willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction; And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he hath before prepared unto glory, even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles.”  Not everyone is going to the place He is preparing.  We read also that there will be a judgment and many shall be rejected.  Revelation 21:7-8 says  “He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Who are those overcomers that shall inherit all things?  I John 5:4-5 says it’s those who are born of God.  “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the son of God?” John said in his Gospel “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”  (John 3:3).

The Bible makes it abundantly clear that if anyone expects to get to Heaven he has to be prepared of God.  We don‘t  “get ourselves ready.”  We must come to God as repentant sinners, asking for His forgiveness and mercy and salvation.  That’s what is meant by “receiving him.”  John 1:12  Then we become God’s children with the promise that we shall have a part in His kingdom.

Have you done that?  Go on trusting in your good works if you will but you had best understand that they will never get you into Heaven.  The only way is to trust in the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins when He died on the cross.  Why don’t you bow your head right now and pray this simple prayer/

“Lord God, I know that I’m a sinner.  I repent of my sin and ask that you forgive me and have mercy on me and save my poor soul form the eternal destruction that I deserve.  I ask it for Jesus sake.  Amen.”


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