In the last blog, we discussed the first of 5 lies that Christians tend to believe that can be very destructive. The first lie that we discussed in the last blog was that church is not necessary. We learned that Jesus is the head of the church and that the church represents the body of Christ. The church is the earthly extension of Jesus and the work He is trying to do here on earth through us. It just doesn’t make any sense to say you believe in God and want to live your life like Jesus did, and at the same time, think that belonging to and getting involved with a church is not very important.
Today we are going to look at a second lie that Christians commonly believe.
All Christians need to do is be “good” and act “nice.”
That is what a “good Christian does.” This lie is one of Satan’s greatest weapons. Satan wants us to believe that if we just “act” a certain way and keep up appearances (do good works apart from grace) that we will be OK. Satan wants to convince us that we are capable, in our own strength, to accomplish God’s Will, thereby rejecting the Holy Spirit. We ignore the Holy Spirit and all of His available guidance, power, and counsel that is available to us through the Holy Spirit. We treat the Spirit as either insignificant or irrelevant to create change in our life. We wrongly believe that we alone can “make it happen.”
Our salvation rests on knowing Christ and loving Him completely, nothing else. God will not ask if you were a nice person when you stand before Him. He will want to know if you knew His Son.
Lets look at a few verses from the bible to see what it has to say in the matter:
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
“If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about-but not before God. What does Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
“You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
Does that seem confusing. The James verse can be until you think about it for a while. Here it is boiled down. Our good works and being a nice person do not grant us entry into heaven. The only thing that grants us into heaven is believing in God and loving Him completely. When we do this and step over the faith line into believing, God fills our hearts and the Holy Spirit becomes alive inside us. This will often cause a transformation in us. We will tend to act nicer and be more inclined to do good works, but not always. We are still human and we still sin at times. Any person can make a decision to be nice or do good acts. Without belief behind these acts, there really is no point.
I think it is a great thing and very important to be a nice person who does nice things. We are supposed to love all our brothers and sisters here on earth and we should do that. Just make sure you are doing it for the right reason.