There are many people in the religious world who have a very narrow
concept of Christianity and what it takes to get to heaven. We find a
similar attitude among members of the church. In the denominations,
there are people who think God is not very strict and to just believe in
His existence, promises their salvation. In a survey of several
thousand persons it was revealed that 67% of those interviewed believed
in heaven and 88% of those who believed in heaven were sure they were
going there. We also have members of the church who seem to think that
just because they have been baptized and as long as they stay out of
trouble and get the communion every Lord's day (or at least most of the
time), the Lord will surely save them. These expect to be saved by the
bare stint of duty.
In this article, we hope to show by the Bible that God has a plan of
salvation which requires more than some believe it takes to get to
heaven - hence, the title.
JUST MORALLY GOOD
First, it is not enough to just be morally good, It is true that
Christians are to be good moral people if they hope to get to heaven,
but morality alone will not save. In the scriptures (Matthew 19:16-22),
we have an example of one of the most moral and basically good young men
anyone could ever hope to find. He kept all the commandments of the Lord
from his childhood up, but failed to be saved when told by Jesus there
was one other thing he needed to do. The Bible says, they went away
sorrowful." His morality was not enough.
Some seem to think that regardless of what they believe, if they are
just religious, they will surely get to heaven. However, we are told in
Acts chapter 17, when the apostle Paul went to Athens, Greece, he found
a city steeped in religious error. The people even had an altar with
the inscription, "To the unknown God", whom they ignorantly worshipped.
When Paul was given the opportunity to speak to the people, he referred
to that altar and then said he was going to tell them about this God.
In his speech, he told them that there was a time when God winked at
ignorance, but he now commands all men everywhere to repent, because
there is going to be a resurrection and all people everywhere are going
to be judged by Jesus in that day (Acts 17:30,31). Just being religious
is not enough.
JUST TO WORSHIP
Many people throughout the world claim to worship God in one way or
another. They think it makes no difference to the Lord how, as long as
we worship. But is this the teaching of the Bible, and is that all it
takes to please the Lord? Jesus says, in John 4:23,24, "But the hour
cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in
spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is
a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
In Acts chapter eight, we are told of a man who traveled over a thousand
miles to worship God, only to find he was wrong, and his worship was
unacceptable to the Lord. When he learned the truth, he accepted it
immediately. When he obeyed the gospel, "he went on his way rejoicing"
(Acts 8:26-39). Just to worship the Lord is not enough, regardless of
how honest one may be. We must worship "in spirit and in truth."
TO OCCASIONALLY WORSHIP
We can see by the Scriptures, to worship the Lord is important. But to
worship only occasionally is not enough. The Scriptures indicate that
it was the practice of faithful Christians to assemble each first day of
the week (on the Lord's day) to worship God (Acts 20:7). And in Hebrews
10:25-29, we are informed that we are not to forsake the assembling of
ourselves together. The writer lets us know that it is a willful sin
for one to make this mistake. Jesus says to His disciples, "...Seek ye
first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). Which
simply means to put God first in our lives-before everything else.
Christians need to learn this important lesson. It is not enough to
How important is it that we be sincere and diligent in serving the Lord?
James informs us in James 2:10,11, "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, ye if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of
the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the
law of liberty." It would be awful to come short in the day of
judgment, thinking that we are going to heaven, only to be renounced by
the Lord, and lost forever. It is not enough to keep most of the will
of God. He wants complete submission to Him and His will. He demands
TO PLAN TO DO BETTER
Finally, it is not enough for a person to just have good intentions and
plan some day to do better - to plan some day to obey the gospel, or to
become more sincere and dedicated to serving the Lord. Many a person
has died unprepared to meet God simply because he put his salvation off
for a more convenient time. The Bible says, "Behold, now is the
accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).
It is not enough to just plan to do better.