Most people in the world claim to have a religion and they think that keeping the religion offers some reward for them after death. I do not think anyone explains the fallacy of such thinking any better than Mike Gendron in his article, “Exchanging Religion for an Eternal Relationship with God“.
Mike Gendron has written many excellent articles. His ministry is primarily toward reaching Roman Catholics. The articles focus mainly on the practices of Roman Catholics but the message is relevant to all people in the world that are trusting in their religion. That includes Protestants and even Evangelicals
I grew up much like Mike Gendron. I was a Roman Catholic but I really had to fall away from their religious system of bondage to find the only doctrine that will free and save anyone. That doctrine is simply that God’s salvation comes through God’s grace and His grace to mankind was given in His Son. What you have to do is believe in God’s righteousness and trust in the Savior God gave to pay for sin and bridge the gap between God and man. When you do believe (trust) in God Savior; He will raise you to eternal life. Salvation does not come through religion it comes from trusting in God’s promises.
I know, that you know, that you religious people trusting in your own religion to save you will fail to keep it all anyway. But, if you think you actually did keep all the rules, regulations and traditions of your own religion you would become too self righteous to dwell among those saved by God’s grace anyway. Then God would have to create a special place for all the self righteous beings in the universe. I have news. He did. He named it The Lake of Fire.
No one will ever be saved through their own righteous works or by keeping a religion. For more understanding read the article above and also read my article on salvation through trusting in Jesus Christ.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.