The following are 5 things Jesus never said about salvation, along with what he really did say.
Not exactly. It was more like, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 WEB)
This is a popular belief, but Jesus warns believers in Revelation that they risk having their name removed from the book of life if they don't repent.
"Remember therefore how you have received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If therefore you won't watch, I will come as a thief, and you won't know what hour I will come on you...He who overcomes will be arrayed like this in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life..." (Revelation 3:3-5 WEB)
In John 8, a woman is accused of adultery and is about to be stoned. Jesus says to her, "'Did no one condemn you?' She said, 'No one, Lord.' Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.'" (John 8:10-11 WEB)
Sin no more...yep, that's definitely not the same as feel free to continue leading a sinful life.
Jesus also says, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven...Then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.'" (Matthew 7:21-23 WEB)
Jesus will refuse entrance to heaven for anyone living a sinful life.
Paul says this too, saying, "Or don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don't be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 WEB)
It was more like, "How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it." (Matthew 7:14 WEB)
As mentioned, Jesus warns believers that they risk having their name removed from the book of life if they don't repent in Revelation 3:3-5. It later says, "They were judged, each one according to his works...This is the second death, the lake of fire. If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:13-15 WEB)
This second death will be everyone's truth and reality, whether they like it or not, if their name isn't written in the book of life.
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