if I . . ."
ü Questions Every
Will I be in trouble if I . . .
Kill someone? q Yes q Depends q No Lie to someone? q Yes q Depends q No Lust in my mind only,
the act itself?
q Yes q Depends q No Break only one of the
q Yes q Depends q No Try to be good and merit
my way to Heaven?
q Yes q Depends q No Don't get "saved?" q Yes q Depends q No Don't "repent[?]" q Yes q Depends q No Don't "Trust in Christ?" q Yes q Depends q No Don't become born again? q Yes q Depends q No Now look inside [below] and compare your answers
with what the Bible says . . .
q Kill someone and you will obviously be in trouble with God. The Bible says:
"Thou shalt not kill." Exodus 20:13
q Lying to someone will also get you in trouble. Furthermore, lying under any
circumstances is always a lie in God's eyes. There are no "depends;" no "little white lies;"
no conditions under which God will "understand" and let you get away with lying.
In fact, God hates lying as much as He hates murder: "These six things doth the LORD
hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked
imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that
speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." Prov. 6:16-19
The liar will even suffer the same fate as the murderer: "But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Rev. 21:8
q Lusting, in mind only, will also get you in trouble. Just because a lustful thought
was not carried out, doesn't mean God was not offended. God sees it all! "Then Job
answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no
thought can be withholden from thee." Job 42:1-2
Jesus Christ warned: "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed;
neither hid, that shall not be known." (Luke 12:2) Which is why He also said: "But I
say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart." Mat. 5:28
q Breaking only one of the Ten Commandments will get you in trouble. God
treats His Commandments as one complete set. Notice how the Bible explains it: "For
whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is
guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.
Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the
law." James 2:10-11
You will not get partial credit for keeping some of the law; it's all or nothing: "For as
many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is
every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the
book of the law to do them." (Gal. 3:10) (If you are wondering who stands a chance of
getting into Heaven with such impossible standards--keep reading. It all ties in with
why Christ died on the cross in your place).
q Try to be good and merit your way into Heaven, and you will get in trouble
with God. Why? Because God has already paid a costly price, His Son, to get you into
Heaven. When you try to get there on your own, you are telling God that His Son died for
nothing. The Bible calls this "frustrating the grace of God." And the Apostle Paul said: "I
do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law [i.e. if I had to
earn my salvation], then Christ is dead in vain." Gal. 2:21
God offers salvation by grace through faith. Grace means receiving an unmerited, unearned
favor; it's getting a salvation you don't deserve. The Bible says: "For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8-9
Your salvation is "the gift of God[.]" It is free to you, but was bought and paid for by the
shed blood of Jesus Christ. Ignoring what Christ did, while pridefully trying to earn Heaven
with your good deeds, insults God in the worst way. The Bible asks: "How shall we
escape, if we neglect so great salvation;" Heb. 2:3.
q Don't get "saved," and you will definitely be in trouble with God. The word "saved"
implies there is a danger you must be saved from. That danger is God's wrath: "But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died
for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved
from wrath through him." Rom. 5:8-9
God's wrath is His judgment upon your sin. "For the wrath of God is revealed
from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;" (Rom. 1:18). God's holiness must judge
sin, but His love toward you has provided an escape through His Son: "For this is good
and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." 1 Tim. 2:3-4
q Don't repent, don't trust Christ, and don't become born-again, and
you will die and go to Hell. Jesus warned: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) God wants you to change your mind about
your sin. REPENT! Stop trusting your self-righteousness, your good works, your baptism,
whatever it may be. Instead, admit that you are a lost, hell-deserving, hell-bound sinner in
need of a Saviour, and call upon Jesus Christ, trusting HIM ALONE as your Lord and
Saviour. "He that believeth [trust] on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18
Christ died in your place to get you saved. All you have to do is claim what Christ has
ALREADY done. With a REPENTANT ATTITUDE, place your trust 100% in Christ's
death and shed blood as payment for your sins, and you will be spiritually born again into
God's family. You will be a new creature in Christ (2 Corn. 5:17).
Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God. ... Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again." John 3:3-7
This quiz was designed to help separate truth
from error. How did you score? If the
answers seemed strange or unfamiliar to you,
the Bible gives the following advice:
"Examine yourselves, whether ye
be in the faith;" (2 Cor. 13:5).
A.) Have you truly had a point in time when
you saw yourself as a lost, hell-deserving
sinner that needed a Saviour? The Bible
says: "For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" (Rom. 3:23). "For the
wages of sin is death [Hell];" (Rom. 6:23).
B.) Did you REPENT of what you were
trusting in to get you to Heaven? (Baptism,
reciting a sinner's prayer, good deeds, self-
righteousness, etc.) The Bible says: "For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)
To insist on trying to get to Heaven on your
own merit is to rebel against the payment for
sins that Christ has already done on your
behalf when He died for you on the cross.
That's why God says, REPENT, change
your mind, and make Christ your LORD and
SAVIOUR. Jesus warned, "except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)
C.) Did you call upon the Lord IN FAITH,
trusting that He alone could save you from
your sins? The Bible says: "That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved." (Rom. 10:9)
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