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Jack April 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Let me add one thing. The people that I witness to that are not saved and ask if they are a good person is well over 90% and these people think, falsely, that they should go to heaven but our works are like filthy rags to God. The only good thing about believers is the righteousness imputed on our behalf because and only because of Christ’s righteousness and God sees us as having His righteousness. Anyone can say they are a Christian but just being in a garage doesn’t make me a car, so too just telling others you are a believer doesn’t make it so. Time will tell…are there fruits?

Henry April 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

Excellent work Jack, i really appreciate it, Praise be to God.

Jack April 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thank you so much sir. I appreciate and yes, all praise be to God. I thank God for your encouraging comment. Please come back to see us again soon I pray.

Melody Rose Biñan May 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I just found this site and I was very blessed. Thankyou sir f0r such encouragement and f0r sharing your kn0wledge 0f the bible. G0d is perfect. T0 him be all the gl0ry. He deserves all the praises!!

Jack May 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Melody. What a wonderfully encouraging comment you have left. As a witnessing going door to door, in the stores, malls, on the street, the “Good person” test works well in pointing people to their need for a Savior. Please come back again soon and thank you and I thank God for you Melody.

Melody Rose Biñan May 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I will keep 0n reading and will definetely share this am0ng my friends and family. I am a born-again christian and I am learning a l0t, this helped me dig deeper in t0 G0d’s words.. 🙂 *smiles*

Samantha Fowler May 3, 2012 at 3:00 am

It is interesting. This whole concept is truly facinating. The ideas given to man in this way is facinating. I get that only holy people can go to heaven. Which means all of the other good people who are not holy will be in hell with me. With that, do you think you will go to heaven Jack? And why do you think so? And who really enters heaven? If that is such a small door to heaven, then most of people’s loved ones would be in hell. If they were in hell, wouldn’t most want to follow them? Even if they are punished for eternity wouldn’t you want to be with the ones you love? Good article. Covers a lot of things but shows people that very few will get into heaven. An interesting point.

Jack May 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Thank you Samantha for your comment and questions. Yes, good people are not good enough to go to heaven. Only holy people go but of myself I am most unworthy so I have no chance of going to heaven…except for One Man Who is also God: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21) and “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb 10:10). So my and anyone’s hope is only thru placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, not in me by my own pathetic efforts of trying to be a good person. That is who enters heaven…only those who trust Jesus Christ to save them and His holiness because just as “Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Galatians 3:6). No one can follow Jesus after they are in hell and that is why it is so very critically important for us to tell others because if anyone dies apart from Christ they will not get a 2nd chance in hell. I pray you will go there my friend…and that is the true purpose of this website and this article.

Melody May 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

NIce point. I can really relate to Samantha’s point of view and questions. I used to ask those questions before. What about my family? I rather go to hell with my family. Things like those. I know nothing about God’s love, all I know is I’m not that bad to go to hell, so probably i’ll go to heaven coz God is a loving God. But I always feel an empty space in my heart. Until God made a miracle in my life. 6.9 intensity earthquake hit Philippines and I panicked that I found myself running, carrying my baby to an uphill location in our place with people ,chldren, running too. There was a tsunami alert level 3 reported on tv, and not knowing about the level types of tsunami, all people ran to mountains to save their lives afraid of what had happened in Japan. I reached the top of the hill for like 10 minutes,breathless. How I reached it that quick? I dont know. Adrenaline rush maybe. I looked down and I saw hundreds of peole running for their lives with their kids and all. I saw no tsunami, the seas are calm. My feet are wounded, with bruises. Then I looked at my 6 mos baby, he was giggling at me. God, this is the most wonderful,most beautiful creature ever!I promised myself I will never lose this boy, I LOVE HIM SO SO MUCH!That night, I was still crying and nervous and worried. What if there will be a tsunami while we’re asleep? I looked at my baby sleeping, as his chest rises and falls, tears fell down. I realized God loves me like I love my baby. 10x or 100x maybe. My baby’s life i important and I cant afford to lose it. Just like God, I was a lost sheep bef0re, and he found me. I am a born-again christian now. Im at the happiest, most complete and most contented stage of my life. God loves us like his real children. “You may not know me, but I know everything about you”-Psalm 139:1, I have always been Father, and will always be Father – Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is – Will you be my child? – John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you – Luke 15:11-32..

So let me just say the truth we cannot save ourselves alone. SALVATION is G0d’s grace and mercy. There are a lot of people who claim that they are good enough to go to heaven, but only G0d can see their hearts. “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”- Matthew5:8. Our hearts are our tickets to heaven. Our life on earth is all about JESUS. NOthing else. He sees those hearts that are dedicated for him. Only our faith can save us. I pray that those people you witness Jack will seek JESUS in their hearts, so they may have faith. ” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.(bible)–Romans 10:17. Just as God promise “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.- John14:13. That’s a very powerful promise. We have to BELIEVE like a 2yr-old baby doesnt lie, and TRUST like our Moms will always care for us…God’s love for us is very, very big! To him all be the Glory and Praise him the greatest of everything! 🙂

Jack May 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Melody, that is a superb example of the 2 year old trusting her mom. That is the type of child-like faith that God is wanting and no wonder Jesus said unless you become as little children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Our faith is only as strong as the Object of our faith and that is Jesus! Thank you Melody. Great observations and Scriptures too! You’re good.

Melody May 8, 2012 at 3:05 am

Right. Thanks!Praise God, it is God whose working within.. 🙂 All for his glory!!

Claire March 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Faith in Jesus really means loving, so even if you don’t believe some certain fact about Jesus if you’re loving God will “save you”. It’s true that we can’t force God to, even if Adam never sinned but God just decided to be mean, that’s what the bible says by grace, but we have to love & want forgiveness, for a good explanation of this goto ASK: how can a good God send to hell? On journey Christian church’s site.

Jane Dowden July 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

I guess the “In Thing” is for preachers to only preach the good things of God. No negatives. They are preaching that we only have to be good people to get to heaven because God is a loving God and doesn’t want anyone to go go hell. They are leading many people astray only preaching positive things and making the Christian people look like fools because we still believe the Bible is one word of God and is not all cream and sugur. Not every good person will to to Heaven. We have to have something small but very difficult for people and that is:Faith. I am so humbled that God sent his Son to die and to be raised from the dead for a sinner such as me. So easy but so hard for people to accept.

Jack Wellman July 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Thank you Jane for your comment. Do you believe that I am leading the lost astray? Did you read the entire article? I am not saying in anywhere in the article that good people go to heaven…just the converse, many people who I knock on door to door, in the park, thrift store, nursing home, restaurant, in the streets, in the store….all of the places that I share the gospel with people I ask them do you think good people go to heaven? The vast majority of people are deceived and believer they will. This article is a wake up call for those who believe this. They will be in for a rude and most terrible awakening when Jesus tells them, “Depart from me for I never knew you” (Math 7:23). I included Psalm 53:3, Rom 6:23, Mark 7, Mark 12, Romans 3:10-12, Jer. 17:9-10. How can you say I am “preaching that we only have to be good people to get to heaven because God is a loving God and doesn’t want anyone to go go hell?” Show me in this article where what I wrote is wrong. Hell will be full of a millions of “good people” when truly none of us are good, but all must place their trust in Jesus Christ to save them. What do you say Jane? Please show me which parts of this article are “cream and sugar?” Please.

Claire March 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

What r u talking about, God is perfect, meaning NO negatives.

Claire March 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Wow, did you forget? GOD IS LOVE!! you’re really hateful in this, crazy!!!!!!!

Jack Wellman March 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Claire, I have seen your many comments. Who are you responding to exactly? You said, “you’re really hateful in this…” and other such negative comments. Is there something you don’t like about the article? God is love but above all things, God is holy. No one goes to heaven who has not trusted in Jesus Christ. I have seen your many comments and you seem really, really angry. Yes, God is love but does this mean that just anyone can go to heaven?

bob barkappotimus December 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

according to one website pets can go to heaven too!

Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I checked out the website link you provided and the Bible is silent on whether pets go to heaven or not. Can you show me the Scriptures in the Bible that make you think that they do Bob?

joe January 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

If God is love, why would He create a person, allow that person to live a life of misery, suffering, hunger, abuse, never hearing the Gospel, and then condemn that person to hell for eternity? How many people throughout history have lived such lives? If that is what truly happens to one who does not profess a belief in Jesus, then I question the idea that God is love.

Claire March 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I know, that’s why this idea is bunk, for a logical, loving & biblical explanation of hell goto Christianthinktank.com & ASK: how can a good God send to hell on journey Christian church’s site.

Claire February 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

If no one is righteous why in Matt.5:19 does it call Joseph righteous?

Claire March 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I think you need to read all of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Brianna May 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

(This is not really my question, but that of another person)
I had this person ask me, “How did people get to Heaven before Jesus’ birth? Everyone instantly went to Hell because Jesus wasn’t around yet?”
I’m a little stumped and I don’t want to leave this guy hanging. If you can answer my question, that would be great.

Jack Wellman May 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

Great question Brianna. Hebrews 11, the so-called chapter of the Hall of Faith answers that it was their faith in God that saved them. People before Jesus had faith. They believed in God who dwelled in Heaven and they believed they would be there. They atoned for their sins through various sacrifices and offerings ordained by God. Those who lived after the prophets knew of a Messiah to come and they believed in the Messiah before He walked the Earth.

If people (before Jesus, during Jesus, after Jesus) believed in the One, True God and accepted everything God did for them with all of their hearts, then God had a place for them in Heaven. But only after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven himself would these people rise and take their spots. Jesus had to be first. Jesus atoned for those before, during, and after Him, providing the cleansing needed to be with God. Jesus died for everyone before and since so we could all go to Heaven and be pure enough to be with our God.

Genesis 15:6 says that “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” and in Romans 4:3 “What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Does this make sense Brianna?

Brianna May 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

Thank you for answering. Yes, it does make sense and I’ll be sure to give the man this answer.
God bless you!

Helen Villaruel June 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

PRAISE GOD, Hi, i am very happy that we meet in this site, through this i can share and i can learn a lot from your inspiring message of which i can share also to my family, co-workers and friends. I have also an article about “Getting into Heaven is not about what you’ve done; it’s about what God’s done” it say’s
You have probably encountered a few people who hoped that they would get into Heaven because they have lived a good life. Indeed, there are many people in the world who think that all the right things they do will get them into Heaven. However, Paul knew that in Romans 3:10 says,
10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
Fortunately, God loved us so much that He provided an answer: in John 3:16 says
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Furthermore, 1 Peter 3:18 tells us that 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Therefore, it is no wonder Jesus said, in John 14:16 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Notice that nothing in any of those verses refers to our ability to reach Heaven. That’s because it is impossible for us to reach Heaven on our own strength. Remember, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Therefore, our salvation must be based entirely on what God has done.
Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
The only requirement for getting into Heaven is believing in Jesus as your Savior and Lord bible says in, Romans 10:9-10
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
There is nothing that you can do to earn salvation. Jesus is the only way to Heaven. That’s because getting into Heaven is not about what you’ve done; it’s about what God’s done.
I like to know what’s your comment re this, Thank you and GOD BLESS…..

Jack Wellman June 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Amen Helen. People do think just like all other religions in the world except for Christianity…it is do, do, do, do, but with Christ, it is simply “Done!”

I like to think of it this way….it is not our responsibility to get ourselves into heaven. It is our response to HIS ability. Make sense? I am with you in 100% agreement on your comments Helen.

Melissa August 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Hello,

First I would like to thank you for writing these articles, as someone unfamiliar with the bible it helps to have things explained in simpler terms.

I have just recently found a calling to be a good Christian and have a relationship with God. I have sinned in the past and I am dealing with guilt and praying for God to forgive me. I was raised in a family that didn’t ever talk about religion. I went to a Methodist preschool and was told that God is good but I was so young and that was a vague lesson to hold on to. My family never went to church or encouraged me to be a good Christian and be educated by the bible. My main question is this – will God understand that my previous behavior was not done knowing all the teachings of the bible? I think it’s an extreme condition (and one that a loving God would not demand) for a child to come to believe and have faith all on their own with no guidance from others? It seems impossible to have an innate sense that sex before marriage is a sin. We are not born knowing how to be good in Gods eyes so what happens if we sin before we have time to learn and grasp a faith in Christianity? I am frustrated because if I had guidance years ago I would have led a much different life.

One more thing if you could be so kind, can you recommend any books that can help me understand the bible in simpler terms – without distorting the original text, of course – it is rather daunting to dive into the original text. I really appreciate it.

Jack Wellman August 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Thank you so much Melissa for your comment and question. Rather than recommend a book for helping you understand the Bible better, how about a Study Bible from either John MacArthur “The MacArthur Study Bible” (ESV) or my favorite, The Reformation Study Bible from Ligonier Ministries, R. C. Sproul editor. This is my favorite Bible when I have questions too. As for your past, once you have repented and trusted in Christ, ALL of your former sins are gone, forever (1 John 1:9) and then you have the same righteousness as Jesus does (2 Cor 5:21) and as Paul wrote, “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39). In fact, read all of Romans’ chapter 8 and also John 10:28-29, John 6:37, 39 to see how all yours sins are taken away forever more, never again to be brought up. Next, find a church that preaches from the Bible, preaches about repentance, confession of sin, the cross of Christ, the blood of the Lamb and makes Christ the central focus of worship and teaching. God certainly understands your past and it is all wiped clean and gone forever. Psalm 103:11-12 “For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” East and west never meet so we see that you will not ever meet up again with your past sins. Trust God’s Word, not what you feel. Hope this helps Melissa.

michael August 7, 2014 at 8:08 am

1 Corinthians 1

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;

the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”c

20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

emily March 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Thank you so much–I was very encouraged.





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