you can't work your way into heaven

The Riches of God’s Free Gift of Grace

One thing the Catholic Church gets wrong, is teaching that you have to work your way into Heaven. According to them, you buy “grace points” when you follow their rules, rituals and regulations. That is not God’s Gospel of Grace. It’s like the picture above — you can’t build your way to Heaven. You just can’t.

We are Made Alive through Christ Only

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Ephesians 2:1-9 NLT

The Grace of God is Available to All People

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

Titus 2:11-14 NLT

We are saved so we can do good deeds — not the other way around.

If you are living in sin because you think that you’ll be OK by confessing to a priest each week, you, my friend, are heading for hell. And, there’s no reason why you should!

The benefits of salvation are huge! Plus you are guaranteed that 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven — there is no such thing as Purgatory!

If Purgatory exists, then Jesus suffered and sacrificed His life and died for nothing.

If you want the assurance of a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven then…

Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.

Pray this prayer humbly and wholeheartedly…

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Next Steps in Your New Walk with Jesus…

  1. Start reading the Bible daily. If you don’t have one, I recommend the YouVersion, Bible.app and Through the Word app — both are free and have a lot of great daily devotionals and Bible studies.
  2. Pray every day. Talk to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you daily.
  3. Find and join a Bible-believing church — preferably a non-denominational one and be baptized!

Soli Deo Gloria — to God Alone be the Glory!

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6 comments

  1. Thanks, Giselle! I appreciate your Gospel outreach to Catholics. Many evangelical pastors and para-church leaders today muddy the Gospel of grace and embrace the Catholic church as a Christian entity, which is no help at all to Catholic souls.

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