Good People Don't Go to Heaven

Galatians 2:16
yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Jesus Christ, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. 

Here justified means "counted righteous" or "declared righteous" by God. If people were sinless and perfectly obeyed all of God's perfect moral standards, they could be justified on the basis of their own merits. But Paul says that this is impossible for anyone to do. You cannot depend on your own good deeds as a basis for justification, but only by your faith in Jesus Christ and your willingness to obey His commands.

Matthew 11:29
"and you will find rest for your souls"

Freedom from the crushing legalistic burden and guilt of trying to earn salvation by good works.

James 2:21
was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?

It looks as if James is contradicting Paul here by Abraham being justified by works. The argument, coming from Genesis 15:6, that Abraham's faith "was counted to him as righteousness". James' assertion in this verse, that Abraham was justified by works, is not based on Gen 15:6 but on Gen 22:9-10, where, many years later, Abraham began to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham was declared righteous because of his faith in God not by his actions. If Abraham would have followed through with the sacrifice of his son, and it had not been done in faith, the offering would have been invalid. The fact that God stopped Abraham from following through is evidence that the works was not the focus, the faith in God was.

Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We have been saved by God's grace. God has the authority to give His grace to and to withhold His grace from whosoever He pleases. We have been given this grace because of our faith in Jesus Christ. The only way to receive God's grace is through Christ. We are not saved because of anything that we have done. If that were so, then we would be God. Now that we are saved, we have accepted Jesus Christ, we now fall under the mercy of God's gift of grace, we have a calling in our lives to do good works for His name's sake. These works that we are to do, God had prepared for us while we were yet sinners.

I believe that what you are about to read is one of the biggest tricks that the devil uses to keep us from salvation. I dare to say that the following is the most successful tactic that the devil uses against us.

I have heard this all my life. When someone is asked, "if you died today, would you go to heaven?" They say, "yes." When asked how they know, the answer is, "because I am a good person." I am here to tell you today that hell is full of good people. I know that sounds strange, but it is true. There are a lot of good people that have died and are in hell right now because they did not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. It does not matter how good of a person you are, it does not matter how much money you donated to charities, it does not matter how much time you volunteered at the hospital, how many orphan children you raised; Yes, these are all great and highly notable things. If you do not know Jesus, with all of the great and wonderful works you have done and were such a blessing to others, you will still split hell wide open. We cannot obtain salvation simply on the basis of our own actions. We must be saved and we must be born again!

There is only one name under heaven by which a person can be saved and find eternal life, that name is Jesus Christ. If what we have done could be the basis for our salvation, then we could be saved by our own names. We would not need to know a savior. If our works is what gets us to heaven, then Jesus' death was in vain. There was no need for it. He only did it for Himself. We know that this is not true. Jesus came and died so that we may be free from sin which leads to death, have salvation, and receive God's gift of grace. It is by grace that we have been saved and not by works. Why is it grace and not by our works? So that no one can boast. Let me put it to you a different way, so that no flesh can glory in His presence! It is not what we have done, it is what God has planned for us to do.

This is the problem today. It's about what we have done, how successful we have been, where we brought ourselves out of, instead it should be about what God has done and what He has delivered us from. We are nothing, merely flesh, it is by God's desire that we even receive our next breath. Who are we that we do not control anything? We do not even determine if we are going to live for another second. We are nothing  ourselves, but in God and through Jesus Christ, we are everything! Without Him we can do nothing! With Him, however, all things are possible! Why do we consider for a minute that what we have done will get us to heaven? Because we are a ignorant, prideful, and boastful people. We will not see light until we humble ourselves before the Lord, accept Him as our Savior, and then walk with Him by faith. This is the way to life! Jesus said, "I am the way, walk you in this way." "He that believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and he that believes in me shall never die!" There is no other way.

If you are reading this today and you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your life, I beg you to pray the prayer of Faith and Confession. It's right here on this site. You can be saved and set free right now! It does not matter how good of a person you are, being good won't get you to heaven. You must accept Jesus. I pray that you will find Him today. We are here for you if you need us, simply send us an email. We love you and God bless you!

Father help us to see that we are nothing without You. Open our eyes and our hearts so that we may see and receive the truth. Allow us not to focus on what we have done, but allow us to meditate on what You have done for us. Give us strength to overcome our worldly minds. In Jesus name, Amen.


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