There is a false gospel being preached, which is referred to as “Salvation by faith alone” and many are being deceived by it. In the first place, it is irrational. If you are heading for disaster and you do not change direction you will certainly be destroyed. The wages of sin is death. If you keep on sinning you will certainly end up in hell. Believing in Jesus will not stop your fate. You have to obey Jesus, repent and stop sinning or else you will perish.
I read the words of Jesus as recorded in Luke 13:1-8 “ 1Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4“Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
6And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. 7“And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ 8“And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; 9and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”
Many believers are like the fig tree that Jesus talked about. They have no fruit of righteousness and they will get cut down if they do not repent. The grace of God leads us to repentance, but if we do not repent and live holy, we will end up in hell.
Faith alone cannot save. Faith without works is dead. It is the same message that Peter gave on the day of Pentecost. We read in Acts 2:38 “38Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39“For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
Believing in Jesus will only save you if you obey Him, repent, turn from sin and are baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sin. Repentance is only the start of obedience to Jesus. We have to obey His teachings and commands and live according to His words until the end to be saved and have eternal life.
Take to heart the warning of Jesus:“If you do not repent you will all likewise perish.”
May Jesus bless you.