Imagine believing that you had to obey the Ten Commandments perfectly in order to be allowed into Heaven. That’s right; no lying, no lusting, no stealing, no envying, no road rage, no gossiping, no pride, always putting God above yourself. And then believing that every single time you messed up and disobeyed God you had to see a priest and confess the sin in order for it to be cleansed away. Repeat cycle. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
1.3 billion people believe the above. They are called Roman Catholics.
Roman Catholics acknowledge that God the Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross of Calvary for their sins, but they also believe they must do their part by receiving the church’s grace conferring sacraments and “cooperating with grace” by perfectly obeying the Ten Commandments. I could not perfectly obey the Ten Commandments for one day let alone a week.
“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. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” – Romans 3:21-25
Go to the Lord, Jesus Christ, in prayer. Repent of your sins and accept Christ as your Savior by faith alone. No one can be saved by trying to obey the Law. He is the only One who lived a life worthy of Heaven. He desires to be your Savior. Won’t you trust in Him by faith alone?
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” – Galatians 2:21