Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on May 10, 2016 and has been revised.
If you asked a crowd of people what was Life’s Most Important Question, you’d get many answers, but with the absolute certainty of death ahead of them and their standing with God uncertain, some people would answer that Life’s Most Important Question is:
“What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)
The Roman Catholic church claims to have the answer to that question. It says for a person to be saved they must do the following:
- Attend RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes for a year.
- Get baptized.
- Attend mass every Sunday and every holy day of obligation.
- Receive the eucharist at least once a year.
- Obey the Ten Commandments (impossible).
- Confess all “mortal” sins to a priest – participate in the sacrament of reconciliation at least once a year.
- Use sacramentals liberally and frequently ask Mary and the saints for their help.
- Receive the sacrament of last rites before you die.
If you do all of the above, according to the Catholic church, you may PERHAPS merit Heaven, provided you don’t have ANY mortal sin on your soul at the moment of your death.
In contrast to Roman Catholicism’s long religious legal laundry list, God’s Word gives us the simple answer to the question in Acts 16:30 in the very next verse:
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31).
“Believe” is translated from the Greek word, pisteuo, which means “to put one’s faith in, to trust, with the implication that actions based on that trust will follow.”
Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone. That is the ONLY way to be saved.