If you were to ask the average person on the street “How many ways are there to God you would get a variety of answers. And most people think that their approach is the right approach. It is sad but most people truly believe they are right when in actuality they are wrong. You must understand that there are only TWO approaches to God. One is right the other is wrong. Jesus showed the right approach in Luke 18.

 The two main characters, the Pharisee and a tax collector, represent the man’s two approaches to God.  The Pharisee’s approach was all based on self: self-centered, self-righteous and self-effort. We could call it “Personal Performance.” The tax collector’s approach was  humble and repentant. His was based on “Personal Pardon.” 

In people’s thinking, their actions are like a set of balance scales. On one side is all the things they do that are “good.” On the other side is all the “bad” things they do. If they do more good than bad, if the scale tips down on the good side; God will grant the entrance into heaven. That sounds good because we have been taught all of lives that good people go to heaven  and bad people go to hell. But that is Scriptually wrong. Good people do not go to heaven. Forgiven people go to heaven.

“You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about.” {Ephesians 2:8-9}

It is impossible to do enough good things to earn your way to heaven. [Personal Performance]  It is only through faith in Jesus Christ that we can enter heaven. [Personal Pardon].





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