Thousands of years ago there were people who bought into all kinds of heresies. People are doing the very same today. Four such heresies are: 1) Pantheism (pan=all and theo=God) the view that God is identical with everything that exists; God is not distinct in the universe. 2) Pelagianism the view that humanity is basically good and morally unaffected by sin; therefore, no sin and no need for salvation. 3) Hedonism – the view that we should eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. 4) Humanism – the view that humans are the center of everything, so there is no room for a divine being, we just need to be good to one another.
Friends, we have thousands of years of truth to show us that people cannot save themselves. The Pelagian would say, I don’t need saving. The Humanist would say, I’ve been a good person. The Hedonist would say this life is all there is, so “saved from what?”
God has redeemed all of humanity by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross; the price has been paid. This, however, is not salvation. Jesus stands at the door knocking, so the question then becomes…will you let Him in and make Him LORD of your life? This is the reconciliation of humanity back to God. Of course, you don’t need reconciliation if you are not alienated from God, but we read in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Of course, our Pelagian followers will not believe this point…to their destruction. Our Pantheist and Humanist followers will not believe in a Divine Creator Savior because they think God is only in their mind and in the created “things” they see and touch…this too will be to their destruction.
We Christians have a job to do and we have been falling down on the job; we MUST proclaim the Good News of the Gospel of Christ to the world for in Christ Jesus all peoples can and will find grace, mercy and forgiveness! Please, won’t you open the door and let Christ come into your life? …the price of admission into the family of God has already been paid!