Letter: Do you believe?
To the editor:
As steady as the beat of the drum calling out the stroke to the oarsmen, the Lord in scripture declares, “How is it you say that you believe, yet you do not do what I say?”
How indeed can anyone say they believe in Jesus and expect a heavenly reward, yet ignore His commands, the very path to salvation? Is it by faith alone?
No, the scriptures declare, “faith without works is dead!” But you say: I believe! Yet the scriptures declare, “Even the demons believe and tremble.”
Thus true belief requires the action of obedience. Scripture teaches that we are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” and not assume we have attained.
Upon what have we built our salvation? Upon belief without responsibility? Upon church attendance and offering only?
Or upon obedience to God’s commands: “Thou shalt love the Lord with all thy heart and mind, and thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself?”
Do we claim the first, yet deny and ignore the last. Do we claim obedience, yet hate our neighbors, letting widows, children, brothers and sister be devoured by the enemy. Do we claim obedience, yet let injustice, immorality and greed rule in our governments, schools, businesses and society?
If Jesus spoke the truth in saying only a “few” will find the narrow path to salvation, how will the few be selected? Revelations 20 declares without confusion: “we will be judged according to our works.”