By Ernest O'Neill

To Get Into Heaven Do We Just Do Our Best?

By Rev. Ernest O'Neill

The death of Jesus is for all the sins that you commit probably day after day that you don't know about. It's those things that you do that you don't realize you are doing. You're sorry for them when they are brought to light. You confess them and God forgives you and cleanses you from all unrighteousness and you go on. Jesus' death is to cover those sins and to put them as far as the east is from the west. But it is not to provide for future sinning.

Loved ones, don't you see it's madness? Don't you see it makes no sense? I mean, if what we're saying now is not the Gospel, the other stuff is foolishness. Nobody here on earth would think of dealing with you that way. Well, just do your best. Do your best and whatever kind of mess you end up with at the end of this life, I'll haul you into Heaven and somehow or other, we'll make it work.

It doesn't make sense and you know it doesn't work. Mortal sin is conscious, known disobedience to God's law. In other words, you can't take communion today and have in your heart a determination to continue doing what you know is wrong. You can take communion, but there'll be no work done in your spirit and there'll be no real relationship with God. You'll be a hypocrite, just talking big but not living in the power of God's Spirit.

Now that runs through all of the Old Covenant and all of the New Covenant. Just look loved ones at Matthew 5:17. I do think some of us are genuinely confused about this and I think it is good to clarify it.

Matthew 5:17-30. "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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