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.
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)