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Published on May 12, 2007
How good do you have to be to get into heaven? This clip can be downloaded at www.worshiphousemedia.com.
This video was originally made to counter the common belief that 'being good' gets you into heaven. The Bible is clear that faith in Christ (not good works) is how we receive the gift of eternal life. However, this subject always brings up a very old and valid argument of the importance of faith vs. works. You can actually read a biblical author wrestle with the subject in the book of James.
I love what C.S. Lewis has to say about it. He said that arguing over which is more important (faith or works) is like arguing about which blade in a pair of scissors is more vital. Without both blades, the scissors do not function as scissors. You need both. And the same is true in the Christian faith. Here's a great summation from 1 John: 4-6 MSG
"If someone claims, "I know him well!" but doesn't keep his commandments, he's obviously a liar. His life doesn't match his words.5 But the one who keeps God's word is the person in whom we see God's mature love. This is the only way to be sure we're in God.6 Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived."
We are not saved by living a good life, but someone who has genuinely received the grace and love of Christ should slowly but surely become more like Him.
This video was never intended to address the entire question of Biblical Salvation. It was simply meant to correct one common misconception. Hopefully, theses comments will shed light the other error, that works do not matter either.