STUDY THE BIBLE 6 (STB 6)
“BE SURE OF GETTING TO HEAVEN”
WHICH OF THE
FOLLOWING WILL GET
YOU INTO HEAVEN?
WHICH OF THE
FOLLOWING WILL GET
1. Believing and loving God
2. Being a good person
3. Giving money to the church and the poor
4. Keeping the Ten Commandments
5. Having Christian parents
6. Living for God
7. Believing the Apostles creed
8. Doing your best
9. Being a church member
10. Asking Jesus into your heart
11. Obeying the church
12. Getting baptized as a baby
13. Asking Jesus to help you everyday
14. Taking Holy Communion
15. Praying to God
16. Dying for God and country
17. Loving your neighbour
18. Confessing your sins
19. Following Jesus
20. Helping the poor and missionaries
21. Going to confirmation classes
22. Acting like Jesus
23. Living a good moral life
24. Taking the mass
25. Doing good works
26. Fasting regularly
27. Having the last rites at death
28. Going to church regularly
29. Being devoted to Mary
30. Speaking in tongues
31. Doing many penances
32. Praying to the saints33. NONE OF THE ABOVE
The answer is 33.
Dear Friend, the others may make you “feel good” or even “spiritual” but they can’t get you into heaven.
LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING -
1. Ever told a lie? 2. Ever taken something that wasn’t yours? 3. Had impure thoughts about someone else? Of course you have. The Bible says all have sinned so you are a lying, thieving adulterer! Now you may be thinking “Wow! That’s a bit strong. I can’t be that bad! There’s a lot worse than me - I’m no axe-murderer!” Like most people you’re crossing your fingers and somehow hoping that God will let you into heaven with a 50% pass mark, right? Furthermore, we don’t think of ourselves as bad, because “every man is pure in his own eyes” (Prov 30:12). The majority of criminals think this way too. But the Bible says we are not wise to compare and measure ourselves with each other (2 Cor 10:12). “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23).
HOW FAR SHORT?
100% SHORT! God’s standards are so high, the Bible says even the good things we do are like filthy rags in his eyes - not the bad things but the good things! (Is 64:6)
WHAT ABOUT LITTLE SINS?
You’ve probably thought that a loving God should overlook your sins and only punish bad criminals like murderers, child-molesters and rapists? But the Bible says: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (Jam 2:10). There are no big or little sins in God’s eyes. If you’ve done one – you are guilty of the whole lot.
BUT WAIT ... THERE’S MORE!
God made Adam the father of the human race, so when he sinned, his sin was put into everyone’s account – like a computer virus (Rom 5:12). Our natures got changed from “pure to sewer” and from then on, we were born with a sinful nature. We don’t need to be taught how to sin - we take to it like “ducks to water”. We sin because we are born sinners. Baby baptisms mean dry babies just come up wet babies.
WON’T THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OR THE GOLDEN RULE GET ME INTO HEAVEN?
No my friend, the ten commandments were given to keep us out of heaven, to show we are sinners and how far short we fall compared to God and his perfect standards. It’s 100% perfection or hell.
CAN I EARN MY WAY TO HEAVEN?
If we could earn our way to heaven then Jesus didn’t need to die for us. Dear friend, you can’t get right with God by a moral life, church membership, sacraments, baptism or the 32 points. Trying to earn or do something for it, is called believing in your own self-righteousness. The Bible says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.” (Titus 3:5).
WILL GOD JUDGE SIN?
As God’s standard is 100% perfection, this means that your righteousness must equal that of the sinless Jesus Christ. Unless you have 100% record you are condemned to hell. The Bible says “... it is appointed unto men once to die , but after this the judgement:” (Heb 9:27) and “Because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus) whom he hath ordained;” (Acts 17:31)
WHO GOES TO HELL?
All sinners! Particularly the religious good people of the 32 points on the front of the tract.
SO WHAT’S HELL LIKE?
Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven and with good reason - he didn’t want anyone to go there. It’s a place of damnation, darkness, weeping, torment, everlasting burnings, the flames never go out and their worm never dies, wailing and gnashing of teeth and no exit ever. (Lk 16:26; Matt 22:13, 31:41;
Mk 9:44; Is 33:14). It’s not a place you “party-on” with friends.
The torment will be extreme and God won’t let you kill yourself to end the pain.
WHAT ABOUT PURGATORY?
This is a made up Roman Catholic lie 1. To give relatives false hope 2. To get more money from them through fear. Why can’t your family pray for you in purgatory? You won’t be there. It doesn’t exist! When you die, you will find yourself in either heaven or hell for eternity. REWARD: $100 million for finding purgatory in the King James Bible Bible. There’s no re-incarnation (Heb 9:27) or ‘six-foot under’ either. (Matt 25:46; Jn 5:28-29)
WOULD A GOD OF LOVE SEND ME TO HELL?
He has no choice. You’ve rejected the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) and “He that BELIEVETH on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)
DOES SATAN RULE & REIGN IN HELL?
No, he’s never been there, but he will. He’s the god of this world (2Cor 4:4). God made hell to cast Satan & his angels into for everlasting torment with those who reject Christ (Matt 25:4; Rev 20:10,14). Satan won’t be punishing you. He was defeated at the cross. Hell is God’s everlasting punishment for Christ rejecters.
IS BELIEVING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THE ONLY WAY TO GET INTO HEAVEN?
Absolutely. Believe that his perfect works and his shed blood paid for your sins to give you right standing with God. IT’S A GIFT. The Bible says, “But to him that worketh not, but BELIEVETH on him that JUSTIFIETH THE UNGODLY, (no eating the wafer here) his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Rom 4:5). You won’t fear judgment day because you will, “Be found in him, not having mine own righteousness ...but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Phil 3:9)
WHAT ARE MY CHOICES?
Only two: q God’s love of “Jesus shed blood” or q God’s wrath - “I reject Jesus’ shed blood
No choice is a choice and not choosing won’t make it go away. Every minute you delay is a minute closer to your eternity in hell. Instead of coming to God and promising him you’ll clean up your act, he’s waiting for you to say: “I’m a sinner! I can’t measure up to your high standards! I deserve eternal hell fire. I BELIEVE Jesus’ SHED blood plus nothing paid my sin debt in full.”
CAN ANYONE GET TO HEAVEN? Yes!
God is “...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Pet 3:9).
WHAT WILL STOP YOU?
Your religious traditions, pride, fear of friends, your self-righteousness (Mk 7:13) and simple disbelief!
THIS IS YOUR ONLY HOPE.
Water baptism, confessing sins, good works, penances, church membership, religion or church rules equals absolute 0%. They wipe out completely the shed blood of Jesus. Stop believing your self-righteousness and believe on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. You’re a sinner, you’ll die a sinner, you’ll be judged a sinner & you’ll be condemned a sinner. Your ONLY hope is the SHED blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
ETERNAL LIFE IS A FREE GIFT
You can’t earn it, work for it or buy it. The Bible says, “...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23). The Bible says “... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ...” (1 Tim 1:15). It also says, “For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom 10:13). Eternity is forever and hell is real, but if you want to be saved, believe what the Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross and believe and pray with all your heart:
“DEAR GOD, I’m a sinner & deserve your everlasting wrath in hell. Jesus died for my sins and his SHED blood paid it all. I reject all other means of works and beliefs. Please save me. Amen.”
Note: The gospel says nothing about the 32 points above. The gospel is all about what Christ has done. The work for our redemption is finished (Jn 19:30). "Christ died for our sins" (1Cor 15:3). His death on the cross is past and never to be repeated (Heb 10:26). Nor does the gospel say anything about what we must do, because we can do nothing (Titus 3:5; Eph 2:8-9). It is the power of God unto salvation to those who BELIEVE (Rom 4:50). It’s all about the blood: “… the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Lev 17:11)
HOW ABOUT YOU?
“…there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” (Heb 10:12, 14, 26). If you trust in just one of the 32 points, you will go to hell.
“What? NEVER TO BE LOST! Are you kidding me?”
Dear Reader, you were born into your earthly family. If you go to a court and say “Dear Judge, This is not my family!” The Judge will say “Your DNA is the same! Yes, it is your family.” Now, if you are born into God’s family, you CAN’T get out! Do you want to continue to sin? God will chasten and even kill you, but he’ll take you to heaven (1Cor 11:27-31). The Bible says you can KNOW FOR SURE YOU ARE SAVED! (1John 5:13).
(STB 7 – “The Book of Matthew”)