Repent of My Good Works?! Are You Insane?!


Why is it that the Bible tells us that salvation is not obtained by our good works? (Ephesians 2:9)

Why is it that someone -cannot- be saved by being a “good person”?

Jesus answered this question when He said that there is no one good but God. (Matthew 19:17)

There are no people who are good before God.

Obviously, we all have done many obvious sins and evil actions.

By nature, we all are sinners.

But their good works cause many people to not feel a need for Jesus.

By nature, all of our good works are the efforts of sinful people cut off from the life of God–trying to justify ourselves.

We naturally want to do good works because we have a God-given conscience, and our conscience tells us that we should be good.

But we are sinners, both because of our sins, and because of our good motives ultimately done with a sinful and selfish self-justifying motive.

The only way that we can be good is to receive the goodness of Jesus Christ, who lived the perfect life, who died for our sins, who was buried, who rose again on the third day, and who gives us His holiness through faith in Him.

We need to repent (change our minds) about our good works and see that they are not adequate to save us or to make us good people, because their source is not in God, but in a sinful self-justifying self that is cut off from God.

Only by receiving Jesus’ forgiveness and perfect goodness by faith can we be saved.

–Curtis Smale

“What I Believe,” by Curtis Smale


What I Believe:

GOD: Holy Trinity: God is Three Persons in One Being: God.
The Trinity is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
There are Three Persons in One God. God is Self-Existing (Aseity.)

CREATION: God created the universe in six 24-hour days about 6,000 years ago.

SIN: Humanity fell into sin by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden.

ANGELIC BEINGS: There is a real person, Satan, who tried to usurp God’s authority and became evil, taking many angels with him. Angels are usually invisible.

There are many good angels that did not fall into evil and rebellion against God.

God chose individuals throughout history to represent Him: Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, and others.

FLOOD: God destroyed most life on earth in a global Flood, saving only Noah and his family to restart humanity.

LAW: God instituted the Law under Moses, which was a system of rewards and punishments. Also, God instituted animal sacrifices to cover the sins of His Old Testament people in advance of the efficacious sacrifice of Christ Jesus Himself on the Cross.

FAITH: Abraham was “the father of faith,” believing God through very difficult circumstances.

SCRIPTURE: The Bible, 66 books, was written by men who were inspired by God over many years. The Bible is inspired, inerrant and infallible, and is preserved by God.

ISRAEL: Jacob’s children, the children of Israel, were God’s Covenant people in the Old Testament. This was the people which contained the human ancestors of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

SALVATION: Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Out of love, God sent Jesus to rescue mankind from its awful hellish destiny apart from Him.

Jesus’ sinless life, sacrificial death on the cross for the forgiveness of all sins, His burial, and His resurrection, are the Gospel: 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. Anyone who believes in Jesus as Savior even for a moment, has forgiveness and eternal life (justification), and is irrevocably destined for Heaven at death (eternal security).

SANCTIFICATION: By faith in Christ who is our perfect goodness (Sanctification), believers are made holy in practical life (growing in Grace).

END TIMES AND ETERNITY: Jesus Christ will return to Earth to judge humanity, resurrecting everyone from the dead, sending believers to Heaven and unbelieving sinners to Hell to be justly punished forever in eternal and everlasting conscious punishment, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for their unforgiven sins.

Believers will live forever with Jesus in Heaven and on the remade new Earth, Jesus and believers, and Heaven and Earth, united together.

–Curtis Smale

“What is the Difference Between Salvation and Fellowship with God?”


Many people today in various churches believe that something more than, “believe in Jesus” is needed for salvation. (This is the deadly false doctrine called, “Lordship Salvation” taught by the Roman Catholic Church, and by ~many~ Protestant churches today.” It is the number one lie of Satan.)

Some of the things that people believe they need to do to get saved or maintain being saved are:

1) “repentance from sins” (turning from sins)

2) being water baptized

3) attending church (or Mass),

4) avoiding big sins

5) doing good works of discipleship

6) loving your neighbor as yourself

7) forgiving people

8) giving money faithfully to the work of the church

9) being positive and joyful

10) knowing the Bible

11) raising good kids

12) being tolerant

13) attending Communion or Lord’s Supper regularly

Now these are all positive things, but you can’t get saved by doing ~any~ of them. These are all the works of ~men~.

~The Bible says very clearly, over and over, that no one can be saved by doing good works.~

~The Bible says very clearly, over and over, about 150 times, that the ~only~ thing that is necessary for a person to be saved is for that person to BELIEVE IN JESUS.~ The Philippian jailer asked Paul the apostle, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul answered: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30,31)

Jesus said the same thing in John 3:16 and John 6:47:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” –John 6:47

~Nothing else~ is required of you for you to be guaranteed of salvation, to be completely forgiven, to be transformed, and to be guaranteed to go to Heaven when you die.

Jesus did it ~all~.

Anything you add to believing in Jesus, anything else you are trusting in, in addition to Jesus, to be saved, creates a false Gospel that cannot save you.

If you add your good works or your discipleship to the Gospel of Jesus, it becomes a false Gospel (see Galatians chapter one).

~Trust in Jesus ~alone~ and you will be saved.~

Don’t make your good works or your discipleship or your ~repentance from sins~ or your water baptism part of salvation–they are not part of salvation.

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Secondly, we are only kept in ~fellowship~ with God through faith in Jesus.

Our good works done as believers, motivated by the Spirit of God, are ~not~ what saves us –they are ~not~ part of salvation, they are the ~result~ of salvation.

Only the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus can save us.

Doing sins does not damn us and doing good works does not save us.

Our sins have been forgiven by Jesus.

Our sins would have damned us, but they have ~all~ been paid for by Jesus’ dying on the cross.

Repentance means to “change your mind” and to realize that your are a sinner and that Jesus is God and Savior. The repentance spoken of in the Bible in association with salvation is not, “repent of your sins,” but, “repent” (change your mind about your unbelief–and believe in Jesus.)

The Bible ~never~ commands us to “repent of our sins” in order to be saved.

Certainly, changing our minds about sins and stopping doing sins is a good thing, but doing this will ~not~ save you.

Only believing in Jesus will save you.

The baptism that saves your soul is ~not~ water baptism, but ~spiritual~ baptism, where we are baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ, invisibly, at the moment of belief. (Romans 6:3-4)

Our attempts at being good, our good works and our avoidance of sinning does not qualify us for fellowship with God.

Only Jesus’ forgiveness and righteousness can qualify us for fellowship with God–only He makes us pure in the sight of God.

So here we see freedom in salvation through faith in Christ, and freedom in fellowship with God through faith in Christ.

Believe in Christ, and you will be saved.

(Another way of saying this is to “trust in Jesus as your Savior from sin and Hell.”)

If you believe in Jesus you will also be sanctified, if you follow the Spirit and do good works.

Only belief in Jesus saves anyone from their sins and from Hell.

Only believing in Jesus is the way to Heaven. (John 6:47; John 3:16; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 2:8,9)

–Curtis Smale

Do All Good Works Come from a Spiritual Connection With God?


No, they don’t.

If a person does not have faith in Jesus, he or she is not saved and is not spiritually connected with God. While this person has a free will and can certainly do externally “good” things, these works are not spiritually good because they do not have their source in God, but rather in the flesh, which is the selfish self-justification of man.

–Curtis Smale