According to the Scriptures"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel... By which also ye are saved... unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

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How do I get to Heaven?

1. Obey the Ten Commandments. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10). "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them" (Galatians 3:10, 11). If we will be honest and appraise ourselves in the Light of God's moral law (Exodus 20:3-17) we will unmistakably see that we have fallen short of the glory of God. The law could only provide evidence that testifies that we are without doubt transgressors of the law and therefore sinners. The law then, could never give life nor make one righteous and acceptable to God.

2. Believe in God. "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19). "God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment" (2 Peter 2:4). Certainly one must believe in God, but believing in God will not get you to heaven for the Scriptures have proven that even the angels that sinned, although they believed in God were cast down to hell.

3. Be Baptized. "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1Corinthians 1:17). God has promised to "save them that believe" (v. 21) the "gospel". Jesus said, "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24). Those who believe God concerning His Son Jesus Christ will never come into condemnation. Water Baptism as evidently set forth in the Scriptures certainly cannot save one from the fires of hell, neither can it wash away sin. Rather, it is a confession of those who have already been saved and redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, which alone can wash away sin. In the Bible, only believers are ever baptized. The Ethiopian Eunuch asked, "What doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest" (Acts 8:36-38).

4. Going to Church. "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work" (Romans 11:6). There can never be any admixture of grace with that of works. The verb "go" is something that an individual does. But we are not saved by anything we do, rather we are saved when we believe what Christ has done for us. If salvation was by church attendance, we would never have the security of salvation because the question is never answered, How much is enough? Adding human works to God's grace would only "frustrate the grace of God" (Galatians 2:21), and Christ would become of no benefit to you.

5. Keeping the Sacraments. "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9). "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye" (Mark 7:13). The word "sacrament" is never mentioned in the Bible but is the invention of men who claim they are necessary for salvation. The Bible says "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20). (See also # 4 above)

6. Doing Good Works. "Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:4-5). "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9). "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us… through Jesus Christ our Saviour" (Titus 3:5-6). If we could be saved by our own good works "then Christ is dead in vain" (Galatians 2:21), but the Bible tells us we were called "not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 1:9). (See also: Philippians 3:9, Galatians 2:16, Isaiah 64:6, Acts 13:38-39; see also #'s 4 & 5)

7. Live a Decent and Honest Life. "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one … For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:10-12, 23). Trying to live a decent and honest life could never pay off the debt of sin for "the wages [payment] of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This is a binding transaction called "the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2). (See also #'s 4, 5 & 6)

8. I don't believe in God or heaven. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good" (Psalm 14:1). "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).

9. Everyone goes to Heaven. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8). "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God" (1Corinthians 6:9-10). "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalms 9:17).

10. Repent and believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Scriptures. "God … commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1Corinthians 15:1-4). "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15). This is the only right answer!

Summary: The Bible is absolutely clear. Man is defiled with sin and nothing that defiles shall enter into heaven (Revelation 21:27). Man will spend eternity separated from God in hell if he dies in his sin. What then ought we to do? Pious men may go through all sorts of religious activities "and yet [are] not washed from their filthiness" (Proverbs 30:12). "Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death" (James 1:15). No kind of religious activity whatever it may be is able to wash away our filthy stains. Death is the payment for sin; therefore blood is required "for the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11). If man pays with his own blood surely he will perish. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him" (Romans 5:8-9).

The Philippian Jailor asked, "what must I do to be saved?" and the simple answer came back, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:30,31).

Trust God alone believing His Word and He will save you. "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6). "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17).

But be warned, what you believe can also bring a curse on you. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:8). To add anything to the "gospel" is to reject the sufficiency of God's grace and thereby "pervert the gospel of Christ". Such were certain men from Judea who "believed" the gospel but added circumcision and law keeping as a necessity for salvation (Acts 15:1, 5, 24, Galatians 2:4-5). These Paul condemned with the harshest words found in the New Testament saying, "If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:9). This reminds us of those same frightful words of Christ, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41).

The "wages [payment] of sin is death", but the "good news" (the gospel) is that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" conquering sin and death. Repent, and believe God today, and by faith receive Christ, trusting Him alone to cleanse you from your filthy stains and save you from your sin, and you will receive God's free gift of eternal life!

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"
(1Corinthians 13:5).

"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure"
(2 Peter 1:10).

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There are 5 comments
Gilberto – Puerto Rico, USA
July 29, 2016 - 09:08

John 14:5-7

The Way, the Truth, and the Life
5 “Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now you do know Him and have seen Him.”…

We are saved only through Christ. There are no intermediaries. The church was created by man. Christ is neither the church nor religion. The Pope will not save you, church will not save you, your works will no save you, sacraments will not save you, the church elders will not save you, your pastor will not save you, praying to saints will not save you, the priest will not save you. Only Christ's death on the cross, His Blood and Resurrection will save us as with this He paid for all the sins of humankind and is waiting for all who come to the feet of the cross with open arms.

But one day the Holy Ghost will be removed from the face of the Earth, the doors of Heaven will be closed, repentance will no longer be available and the chance for salvation will no longer be. So repent while there is still time as most of the Prophecies have been fulfilled. The time is near.

Many follow teachings & doctrines of men. I specially feel disgusted with these tele- evangelists, specially the ones who preach a gospel of prosperity and money. It sickens me to hear them. I refuse to even listen to their lies and false teachings. They are dragging a lot of souls into perdition and are collaborators of Satan the father of lies, and the murderer.

The body of Christ and the elect will come from all true Christian and pious men from the different Christian denominations that met the criteria as spelled in the Bible and not by following the doctrines of men. No religion nor Christian denomination has salvation guaranteed, only the true followers of the word.

Luke 13:26-28

The Narrow Door
…26 Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27
And he will answer, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves are thrown out.…

They will also say they expelled demons in His name to no avail.

"And he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!"

Many would have given their lives just to live in the times we are living. I cannot nor would dare to put a date, but being an fervent follower and student of Prophecy, I do give testimony that these are the end of times. Just look around, read the Bible and you will see what I have seen. That is your road map and spells the times we are living in.

Do not believe me. Read, study, research, look around and you will come to the same conclusion. Sorry if I got carried away writing, but I feel the Holy Spirit in my soul and it tells me to tell the World what I have seen, read and heard. May God bless you all. Amen!

Jeff Graham – Nevada
July 10, 2015 - 08:48

What about Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38. You must repent AND be baptized for remissions of your sin, which washes away your sins, then and only then you are saved and added to the Body. Without baptism you cannot be saved.

Reply to Jeff Graham
July 11, 2015 - 05:07

Jeff you are saying what the Scriptures do not. You are saying "Without baptism you cannot be saved." Mark 16:16 says, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Christians do lots of things when they are saved and decide to follow Jesus Christ, but not one of them will add one iota to their salvation. Mark says, "he that believeth not shall be damned." He does not say "he that is not baptised shall be damned!"

Baptism is part of the great commission (Matthew 28:19) and normally is to follow immediately upon true repentance and faith in Christ (e.g., Acts 2:38, 41), Anyone who is truly saved would follow Christ in baptism. If you do not, it would be a good reason to examine yourself to see if you are really in the faith. It is faith in Christ that saves, not faith plus baptism. Else, what would you tell the thief on the cross who was never baptised? Jesus said to him, "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). What would you tell Adam and Eve, and every OT saint for that matter who was never baptised?

This is the clear testimony of the Scriptures. "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.... He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:18, 36)

Andrew A
February 07, 2010 - 09:13

This article hits the point straight ! Bold statement ! May the Lord touch many through this site for the glory of His name!

bj Rogers
February 07, 2010 - 09:12


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