I was raised right. And I raised my kids right. And that does NOT make us Christians. The false gospel I heard is called moralism. Through my good behavior I believed I could gain heaven because Jesus loves me and wants me to be good.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The theological temptation of moralism is one many Christians and churches find it difficult to resist. The danger is that the church will communicate by both direct and indirect means that what God expects of fallen humanity is moral improvement. In so doing, the church subverts the Gospel and communicates a false gospel to a fallen world . . . . Hell will be highly populated with those who were ‘raised right.’ The citizens of heaven will be those who, by the sheer grace and mercy of God, are there solely because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. Moralism is not the gospel.”
As Mohler says, it is seductive. And Paul vehemently spoke against it in the book of Galatians.
We are saved only “by grace through faith” in Jesus’ final work on the cross.
Our works are rubbish.
His work is redemption.
So please, read the article and then come tell me what you think. It amazes me how this thinking has permeated all of society and yet has nothing to do with our salvation.