“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Wake up, go to work, come home, watch some television, maybe go on vacation once or twice a year. Spend whatever available time you have with those you love, family and friends, check your favorite social media sites occasionally, follow along with that day’s directive, what is commonly called the narrative today, repeat tomorrow, and the day after and call it living life.
Those who do so, and it is most, follow these precepts and they call themselves content. For the most part they see no need to profess the Lord Jesus Christ as Master, they are after all in their own eyes good people, their definition of wickedness can find no correlation in the Scriptures.
They do not realize this truth, if you have not been born-again, you are one of the wicked, no matter how kind and polite you are, no matter how congenial and friendly, how loving and compassionate, if a person has not been crucified with Christ, they will die in their sins and face eternal punishment.
Here is one of the main reasons the world, those good people, hate us.
Think here on the kindest, most generous, loving and caring person you have ever met, one who gave of themselves to all they met.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)
We do not usually think of that person as wicked, as under the wrath of God, and attempting to convince them they are is nigh on impossible. The drunken man who beats his wife and children, the adulterator who does not attempt to hide his lusts, these are easier to reach than the one who believes themselves to be justified by their good works, by their good lives, and the Roman Catholic cult is not the only religious sect that welcomes them with open arms, society does as well.
“All you have to do to get into heaven is be good.”
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
Just this one singular verse, this one truth from the Word of God will convict them, but it may not change their heart.
The Holy Spirit was present when our Lord hung on that cross, one thief heard and responded, the other did not. These people, these good people have minded their own business, they have cared for and loved their families, they have not overly indulged, they have caused no intentional harm to anyone, rarely does a curse word or foul language flow from their lips. They are kind, compassionate, and wicked.
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16)
One single sin, that’s all it takes, and that first sin was usually accomplished at a very young age.
It is the Word of God that convicts people, and although the “Roman’s Road” is an excellent place to start, they need to understand that word “repentance,” they need to know what it means to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Heb. 12:14)
They believe themselves to be good people, your responsibility is to show them that in the eyes of the Almighty they are not, they are wicked.
Goodness in people my friends is possibly the most difficult challenge in presenting the truths of the Scriptures that you will ever face, because they honestly believe that good people go to heaven. Sinners who have recognized by the grace of God that they are sinners are the only ones going there.
They may be good, but they are not saved. That is your daily chore.