Are you religious enough for heaven?

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe…

Romans 3:20-22

Every now and then I’m asked, “Are you one of those narrow-minded Baptists that think you’re the only ones going to heaven?” I love that question because I get to respond, “I’m actually more narrow-minded than that. I think there’s a lot of Baptists that aren’t going to get there!”

You can be a Baptist, a Methodist, a Catholic, a Presbyterian, or a pedestrian and still not know Jesus Christ. You can do all the right things: Practice your religion and go to church. But just calling yourself a Christian is not what makes you saved.

Religion vs. Relationship

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Religion-vs-Relationship

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:10

The famed evangelist Billy Graham suggested on one occasion that at least 75 percent of church members in America don’t know Jesus Christ in a personal way. I don’t know if that number is correct, but I do know that many people often substitute religion for a relationship with Christ.

All over our nation today, people are relying on their religious heritage or family background as their way to God. All the externals are present—church attendance, good works, nice family. It’s all there. But is the truth of God in their lives? Do they follow Christ and live each day to be more like Him?