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Church Questions
T.O.D. Johnston
Why do people go to Church?
Are they better than those that don't go, or only go occasionally?
If I behave better (in general) than some Church goers, will God accept me
into heaven?
If God expects me to talk and act like Jesus, then how do I have a chance to
measure up? That's impossible!
Can I get to heaven without going to Church or being a regular attendee?
All of these questions center around the giant misconception that heaven is
reserved for those that successfully perform the works that God requires for
entrance. Jesus, the righteous, is the example God provided for us to follow. This
only leaves perpetual uncertainty as to what point is enough, and how anyone
can know for sure.
All of the above questions are irrelevant because they do not point to the
truth of the Gospel – Good News, not good advice - of Christ's dying for our sins.
Salvation is a free gift – it cannot be earned. Acceptance through faith is the gift
of God, and this is adoption into the family of God and this is forever. We become
His children with all the forgiveness, love, peace, joy, fellowship with Him, with
Jesus, and with fellow believers.
Here enters the only purpose for Churches – for believers to get together
to celebrate so great a salvation and in praise and thanksgiving, to encourage
one another to grow and mature as God's children. We are His representatives
while still on earth. Our high calling is to speak and act unselfishly, sharing our
faith, our time, and our substance – and our love. This brings light and hope to
those around us. God provides the guidance, inspiration, and power to do these
by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Blessings are poured upon us as we seek to do
God's will, always keeping in mind that we have no permanent habitation here.
We are on an eternal path, merely passing through the present. Our destination
is with Jesus and the Father in eternity – the new heavens and a new earth,
where there will be no death, pain, or sin, forever.
The author T.O.D. Johnston has been a student of Scripture since 1972, and
was licensed to preach the Gospel by Paran Baptist Church on May 26, 1979. He
was an art teacher for over 30 years in Florence School District 3. He now enjoys
spending his time with his wife, and at his studio on 118 Sauls St, Lake City, SC.

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