Do you consider yourself a “Good Christian?”

I’ve been reading the book “The Way of the Master” by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Talk about a life changing book, it has given me so many things to consider. One of those is the following:

“However, people who make a commitment to Christ without the Law may do so because they are seeking true inner peace and lasting fulfillment. They come to fill a “God-shaped vacuum” in their lives. There is no trembling. There is no fleeing from wrath. There is no fear. To them, God is a benevolent, fatherly figure, not a holy God of wrath.
Without the Law, they haven’t been stripped of self-righteousness. They don’t truly believe that their just reward is eternal damnation. Therefore, even as professing Christians, they think they are basically good.

Because of this faulty foundation, these converts are likely to think they are pleasing God by reading the Bible, praying, fasting, and doing good works. They are susceptible to being deceived into thinking that somehow their good works commend them to God, and they are therefore liable to stray into legalistic standards such as “do not touch, do not taste, do not handle” (Colossians 2:21)”

At church they tell us many times people look at God based on their relationship with their earthy father’s. I have heard at church that I am/we are sinners and we can’t get to heaven by good works. I have also, however, been told that it is pleasing to God when we pray and read the Bible because that is part of having a personal relationship with Him.

The book continues by discussing the statistics such as the large number of temporary converts compared to the small number of permanent converts, again, because people are not converted based on the law. It discusses how many people don’t like reading the BIble or going to church and since they don’t understand the severity of sin (the Law) they think it’s not necessary to continue. The book addresses how many denominations may require some brief sessions with the Pastor before baptizing but other than that all the person has to do is stand in front of the congregation and answer “yes” to a few questions the Pastor will ask. I know I fall in the number of temporary converts considering I was seven when I was saved and baptized.

What about you? What are your thoughts on what the book has to say about the majority of people not realizing the severity of their sin? I would love to hear your thoughts and if you have read the book and have a different perspective on what it’s saying I would love to hear it.

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