When Good is not Good Enough

A friend named Ron was a Chaplin who was called to the scene of accidents to speak to individuals who were about to die.His job was to give people a chance to trust Jesus Christ before they passed away.I asked him, “When you get to the site and the person is dying, are they open to hearing about forgiveness through Jesus Christ?”What he told me shocked me.He said, “Steve the vast majority of people he speaks to, moments before death, say they don’t need Jesus; God is going to accept them because they have lived a good life.”I asked him, “Why do they rely on their good works, instead of trusting Jesus?”He said, “I believe it is a matter of pride; they don’t need help from God; He will simply accept them as they are into heaven.”I think this is a perfect illustration of the power of sin; people clutching to their own righteousness, their own good works, and then death grabs them and separates them from God for all eternity; having rejected the only solution to sin Jesus Christ.

We all know people who are not on their deathbeds but still believe they are good enough to please God and earn heaven.With exception of Christianity, all religions believe God accepts us into the afterlife by the good works we do while on earth.They believe if your good works outweigh your bad deeds God will allow you into heaven.Only Christianity teaches that eternal life comes from trusting in Jesus Christ and Him alone.In Ephesians 2:8, 9 the apostle Paul writes, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– [9] not by works, so that no one can boast.”The Bible clearly teaches we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and that good works will never earn heaven.Good works are a result of saving faith and not the requirement.All those people Ron spoke to on their deathbed learned too late; good is never good enough to earn heaven.  This is a message we need to share with those who need Jesus Christ.

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  • Collette August 1, 2009, 11:45 pm

    Steve, I love your research, writing & the way you make sense out of this! When & where will you give your sermon? Maybe I could make it.

    I was in Barnes & Nobel the other day & picked up 23 minutes in hell. It was fascinating & very frightening. It certainly increased my modivation to reach out to others & speak with them about Jesus.

    Keep up the good work. Look forward to your next Oasis class. Let me know if you preach in the area & I’ll try to make it. Collette

  • admin August 2, 2009, 1:12 pm

    Right now I have a little break from teaching at church; a needed break. In the fall I will be meeting again with my Biblical Worldview Academy group and we will continue to refine the curriculum God’s Unfolding Plan. I will be teaching the month of October at Emmanuel Faith in one of the adult Sunday school classes. You are welcome to attend the class if interested.

    My current schedule will prevent me from teaching at Oasis until sometime in the spring. However, I will continue to touch on issues of importance on this blog page. Thanks for the encouragement.


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