“We all want to be accepted. We all want to be accepted so badly that some people will even labor to enact laws to try to force people to accept them, even as they are doing perverse and abnormal and destructive things.
They have sinful -pride- about their sin.
They try to associate the darkness of their sin with happiness, rainbows, and parades.
But we all have a similar problem. We all have sins. We all want to do things to make ourselves acceptable to God. By nature, we all have pride.
We all need God to forgive us, to love us, and to give us a new, holy, accepted status. Otherwise, we all will try to create acceptability from the things we do (good works). We will want people, and God, to ignore our wrongdoings and see us only on the basis of the good things we do. But to do this is to promote a lie.
And if we start thinking we are -essentially- better than other people because our sins are not as bad as theirs, then we are guilty of Phariseeism. We are like the -self-righteous- Pharisees who hated Jesus.
This, the worst sin, is pride.
Pride is thinking that we are essentially, by nature, better than other people. Pride lies to us and tells us that we are good people worthy of Heaven by nature, and because of our good works.
But our “good” works are never good enough, or pure enough, to satisfy a holy God. They are never perfect. And our “good works” naturally do not come from a connection to God. They come from a sinful self that is cut off from God and is trying to justify itself. That natural self is trying to get people, and ourselves, (and God) to believe that, “I am a good person.”
And our sins have put us in the position of deserving a terrifying and pain-filled afterlife judgment and separation from God (which is called Hell).
Religious people are often just as guilty as unbelievers of trying to justify themselves (make themselves worthy of Heaven by being a “good person”).
We all need to admit our sin, and trust Jesus as Savior as the One who makes us acceptable before God by forgiving us and giving us new life. He gives us everlasting life. (John 6:47)
Then, we can do good things from that faith in Jesus that are truly good, because in humility, we are connected to God’s Spirit, through faith in Christ.
(Caution: many of the preachers on the iDisciple website below are False Prophets: Charles Stanley, John MacArthur, John Piper, Billy Graham, R.C. Sproul, Francis Chan, Kirk Cameron, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, and many, many, others. They teach that -salvation- is given, not as a free gift, but in exchange for a committed, changed, and devoted life of works of discipleship. “Commit your life to Christ,” they say. “Follow Christ,” they say. That is not the Gospel. That is “salvation” by works.
Salvation by works is the exact same idea promoted by every single non-Christian religion on earth.
It is Satan’s number one deception.
The Gospel is: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross for all of your sins (past, present, and future), and He rose again from death on the third day. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)
The Bible says that if you believe this, then all of your sins are forgiven, and you are saved forever, permanently and irrevocably, from that moment of belief forward (Ephesians 1:13,14).
The greatness of the free gift is why the Gospel is called amazing. It’s why it’s called the Good News. Salvation is a free gift.
If you have not believed in Jesus as your Savior from your sins, will you trust Him today?
If you do, you will be accepted by God, and you will, in Christ, truly be a good person.”