Is it enough to simply be sincere in our approach to God?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Why is it important to be sure where you will spend eternity? Is the faith that people have in God going to get them into Heaven? Matthew 7 says, “I’m sorry. I never knew you,’ here’s what His message is.” What are two ways that Jesus talked about misplaced faith.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS1
Keywords: Jesus, Savior
Ankerberg: Let’s stick right there, Erwin, because I think there might be some folks that are listening that say, “Wait a minute. I don’t like that because this is the way I’ve determined sincerely that I’m going to approach God.” Okay? Now Jesus said they’re not going to get in, but tell them why it’s not good enough to be sincere and to set your own way – because there’s a real God out there that’s got His own plan.
Lutzer: That’s right.
Ankerberg: Now, tell us about that.
Lutzer: Well, we’re going to be going into this in more detail but to give it really in a capsule here, the simple fact is, Jesus is the only qualified Savior. There is nobody else out there. I attended the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago in 1993 and I went downstairs in the Palmer House where nearly 100 booths were set up with all the different religions of the world that were present. I went to many of these booths and asked them, “Do you have a sinless Savior? because I’m a sinner and I need to be saved, and I can’t have somebody who’s a part of my own predicament.” And you know, John, I could not find one single “savior.” What you could find was gurus and prophets who tell you “this way,” “that fold”…you know, the eight-fold path, the four-fold path. I didn’t have anybody qualified to save me. Now the reason that Jesus is the only Savior is because He’s the only One who has the righteousness which God accepts which needs to be credited to my account. Apart from that I’m lost, and I don’t care how good I am and how sincere I am and how any prophets I believed and how many miracles I’ve been able to perform.