When you were born, you had no control over your circumstances. Over the family you were born into, whether rich and well educated or poor and uneducated. Over your ethnic background or your parents’ religious background, whether that be Protestant, Catholic, Islam or Humanist (Atheist). Whether in an abusive family or a loving family. With good health or poor health.
But one thing is certain, you were not born a Christian. Another thing that is certain: You were born with a sin nature.
Religion is an attempt by man to earn his salvation. Christianity is based on what God has done and only He could do to provide salvation for sinful fallen man. No one is good enough to gain entrance into Heaven. The Ten Commandments show us how far we fall short of God’s standards. Jesus said for one to enter Heaven he must be “born again.” But we must not remain babies. Peter said to “grow up in your salvation.” Romans 12: 2 says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” May I make a challenge to the churches in America today, a list of things that should distinguish Christians from the world.
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