Back in the day my mom had a collection of records. For the younger generation, I’m speaking of records that are played on a record player, not the kind that are in the Guinness Book of World Records. I think every record she owned was either country and western or gospel. She also bought a lot of albums from the old K-Tel commercials that were so popular back then.
One of her albums was a collection of gospel songs from various artists. One song, in particular, I’ve remembered all these years. After twenty-five years as a Pastor and being in church services from various denominations, reading countless hymnbooks and just being actively involved in church for nearly four decades; I’ve never heard this song anywhere else besides that album.
The song is doctrinally wrong. After all these years the album is long gone and I’m not sure what the name of the song was but as I remember it, the song wanted God to look at the works an individual did when it comes to judgeing them for salvation. The song spoke of all that a person’s hands do and when it comes time to judge, God should look at the person’s hands.
We are not saved by our works, or our feelings, or the religious rituals that we may participate in. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me (John 14:6).”
We are all sinners, every one of us. Some people think that they are not that bad of a sinner. They have the opinion that what they have done, everyone else has done, and because of this, God won’t cast them into hell. The problem with this thinking is that we are judged by God’s standards not ours.
We are all guilty. Every one of us has done something wrong. How many banks does a person have to rob to be a bank robber? You know the answer, it is one. How many sins do we have to commit to be a sinner? You know the answer, and God says that, “the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23.)”
So, it seems like an impossible task before us. We are all guilty of sin and sin is punishable by death. But Christ said He was the way.
Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) and only through faith can salvation come (Ephesians 2:8-9). Not by the works of our hands, or by the good out weighing the bad, or the fact that we haven’t done anything “really bad,” or some religious ceremony we have participated in, can wash our sins away, make us guiltless and forgive our sins like the blood sacrifice Christ made only can.
Faith in Christ, saving faith, is much more than an acknowledgement of the facts. The Bible tells us that the...