Will All Good People Be Saved?
Many times we have heard people say, “God will save all good people.” This implies that there are good people in all churches who will be saved. It also implies that there may even be good people who have never been members of any church who will also be saved. Will all good people be saved? What does the Bible say?
The Bible teaches that one can never be good enough to be saved by his own goodness. If people could be saved by their good deeds, then it would not have been necessary for Christ to die for our sins. The Apostle Paul wrote: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast” [Ephesians 2:8-9]
Paul also wrote: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ dies for us” [Romans 5:6-8].
Even the very best people, who have lived long enough to know the difference between right and wrong, have sinned: The Bible says: “What then, are we better than they? No, in no wise for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:9-10, 23]
In chapter 10 of the book of Acts, we read about a man named Cornelius. Cornelius was a very good man, He was also a very religious man, but he was not saved. Please notice the Bible’s description of this good man: “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always” [Acts 10:1-2]
Please observe that Cornelius was a worshiper of the true God and had taught his family also to fear God too. Cornelius was a man of prayer. He was also kindhearted and generous for “he gave much alms to the people.”
In spite of his faith and good deeds, Cornelius was not saved. He was told by an angel of God to “send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and thy house shall be saved” [Acts 11: 13-14]
Will all good people be saved? The answer is “no,” for even the best people have sinned and just one sin can keep a person out of heaven. John wrote, “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” [Revelation 21:27]
The only way to remove sin is by the blood of Jesus Christ [Revelation 1:5]. This is done in our obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We read in Acts 22:16, “And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
All good people will not be saved. Neither will all religious people be saved. It is not enough to be religious, but one must be right religiously. Jesus said: “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” [Matthew 15:13] He also said: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” [Matthew 7:21]
Not all good people will be saved. Those who will be saved are those who humbly submit to our Lord Jesus Christ in obedience to His gospel and who ever after live for Him doing His will. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him,” [Hebrews 5:8-9]
Dear reader, have you obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ? If you have not, you are lost! Please obey Christ today. “Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
The Messengers of God
What you have just read above is one of the flyers produced by the Church of Christ. These flyers carry a simple message – the good news of Jesus! As a Christian, I believe the most important thing of all is that the good news of Jesus must spread according to the Bible, not man. If it is the Lord’s will be done, then let it be done according to His will and plan. One does not simply take the commandments of God, twist them or “fine-tune” them according to doctrines and ways of man. All true Christians must not only obey the commandments of God, but also most importantly, not deviate from them and expect God equally pleased with us. The gospel of Jesus must reach out to all the lost souls and supposedly “good people” who are not even aware of their own sad predicaments. The reason for their ignorance is obviously attributed to their hearts being hardened because of self-righteousness. And their minds blocked either by their upbringing or due to environmental influence. Still, there is no excuse for not repenting one’s own way and come back to God’s only correct way which is Jesus!
Now a Christian automatically becomes a messenger of God as soon as one becomes added as a member of the church that professed Jesus as the one and only head of the church and no other. No true Christians should honor anyone in the church built by Jesus Christ as “Reverend” or “Father” to become the head of the church. Only Jesus Christ is the head of the church as substantiated in Matthew 16:18.
There is no need to wait for the angel Gabriel to appear in a “vision” to commission a Christian to become a messenger of God. Neither do we need the power of God to perform so-called miracles like “speaking-in-tongues” to impress people to become Christians, or even as “faith-healers” to recharge sick or fallen Christians to convince non-believers. The power to touch the heart and the miracle to save a person is still the word of God itself and prayers from the heart, not by heart because God is not a robot programmed only to hear words of man in a “mechanical” way. Whatever else is easily understood as man-made and shall be labeled as fallacy and obviously regarded as being disobedient to the commandments of God!
If the gospel of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made to save you does not touch your heart and conscience, it means only one thing. Either you no longer have a heart and conscience, or the devil had already done much damage by blinding and hardening your heart and conscience. Just imagine: If you put yourself in the shoes of the Satan, don’t you think using “religion” is the best way to whack humans inside out like what is happening now in the world? So the problem is not with the good news of Jesus. The real and serious problem is you allowing the devil to put a wall inside you where the good news of Jesus cannot penetrate. If you don’t fight the devil inside and break down this wall that you built for such wrong reason, then there is not even one reason left for you to be saved as you’d destroyed even your most precious second chance of your lifetime. And that is certainly no laughing matter!
A Personal Crusade
As a Christian, I have a duty to do what Jesus had commanded his disciples to do. As it is not easy to tell anyone at random about the good news of Jesus, another option besides the internet was to distribute flyers personally which is one common way to reach out to anyone regardless of who and where. So I decided with the flyer, “Will All Good People Be Saved” that you can even read in this post word for word exactly what you see on the flyers. Although this is only the fundamental duty of all Christians to share the good news of Jesus to the lost world, but still it should stay as God’s great commission in the hearts and conscience of every true Christians bought with a price should never ever forget what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7: 20-24.
According to the standards of the world, we are theoretically inclined to believe that all people are actually “good” people, even scumbag if you look on the “bright” side. If you go by such definition, it would seem this naturally makes every one of us become officially as “scumbag” which probably don’t go down well with all the “good” people. Are we or are we not anyway? Of course it all depends on how you look at it really. Whether or not we think we are “scumbag”, we are right. If you put yourself in the shoes of a Christian, then rightly so, you had to be a “scumbag” [wretch] once before. We are all actually “scumbag” in the sight of God only if you would take God’s word for it in Romans 3:23 and of course, you are not – otherwise. The scenario that you can see clearly here is in this simple analysis. If you think you are not a “scumbag”, then obviously God is! If not, who else? Is it the Satan? No, at least the atheists don’t think so! Likewise, if Jesus is not your hero, then the Satan is! Is it not clear-cut enough?
Someone has to be a “scumbag” here somehow, right? Because if you vetoed the idea of good humans as “scumbag”, so it’s obvious that the only one culprit left is God and not the Satan, is it not? Apparently, people usually like to bash or blame God than the Satan, so really does such wantonness of humans rearing its ugly head now come as a big surprise to you? I don’t think so, but I think this certainly sounds like music to the perfect atheists who don’t believe in God and much less needed Him. On the contrary, it’s the opposite with those self-righteous religious radicals who thought they are as “perfect” and “holy” as God and so have the “authority” to ridiculously bark orders at people to do this and that with all their religious antics. Now I know I’m making myself a “scumbag” as saying this would have cost me dearly. What’s more, it looks pretty much like I have committed “blasphemy” against God according to the religious standards of some “righteous scumbag,” for having insulted them, hence this will probably earn me a place on their version of death row. If the death penalty is not abolished soon enough before some “perfect scumbag” report this to the “religious-cum-theocratic” authorities, I will find myself in hot water. Nowadays, death comes so easy even by just speaking the truth without having to become a death row “scumbag.”
However, the bright side is, now everyone can heave a sigh-of-relief even for the worse “scumbag.” It doesn’t matter if any one of us is a lesser “scumbag” than others, or the really hardcore “scumbag” deserving nothing but death penalty. Why is that? That’s because, even as “scumbag,” we are still humans made in the image of God. Thus, we are also told graciously by God in His own words that all “scumbag” are entitled to a second chance to turn over a new leaf and that is, repent! This good news is, no one including those on death row will be forgotten and forsaken because there is hope of salvation on the other side if one really believed wholeheartedly the gospel of Jesus and be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
A World of Scumbag
Who are the “scumbag” anyway? Is it those who are on death row only? Little did we know? One is a “scumbag” already without even knowing it. A “scumbag” is not born or fated, but only self-made. Take those hardcore smokers as one “good” example. Here is a bunch of hardcore “scumbag” that really deserved the self-induced “death penalty” but are getting away scot-free because there is no provision under any legislation in the world to counter such hardcore, deadly and filthy habits. The problem with such impending man-made disaster is that it always seemed “harmless” and “right” for such “scumbag” to smoke as and where they fancy. Apparently, what they selfishly failed to take into account is that they are fouling up everything and the worst is that of other people’s right to clean air and environment. They practically fouled up everything and everywhere in places like residential lifts, kopi-tiam, public toilets, air-conditioned places like restaurants, offices, shopping malls and even in hotel rooms. Worst of all is when they fouled up non-smokers’ appetite at eateries. And not to mention their fouled up breath get so unbearable that you would keep some distance away when they start talking or breathe near you. They even caused cockroaches to have cancer by simply throwing their cigarette butts everywhere. It is probably easier to save those hardcore “scumbag” on death row than to save these arrogant, stubborn, self-righteous and incorrigible macho who don’t even think they’re “scumbag” in so many ways than none.
There are also many examples of people making themselves as “scumbag” unwittingly. The irony is, even then people still have never gotten down to thinking of having perpetrated such perverted actions. One is a “scumbag” even when driving on the road if one’s action caused accidents to happen. Even a postal worker is a “scumbag” for not doing a proper job. In the case of my wife who has many correspondents abroad, there have been a number of incidents that letters for her from overseas never arrived all because of some postal worker delivering her mails to the wrong places, thereby causing mental distress on both side and a lot of time wasted on waiting especially when it involved exchange of gifts from both side. It would take writing a book to list down all the self-made “scumbag” of the society today and still most people are not concerned or disturbed with such impunity happening day in and day out. Evidently, all of what’s bad that humans are perpetrating as a result of our sinful nature are doing such great harm to the heart and conscience of everyone is exactly what turning humanity into a robotic society because of apathy. It is when everyone starts to turn their backs on the survival of humanity that we are unwittingly making matters worse so much so the hearts and conscience of humans can no longer survive, thus making it become obsolete and absolutely useless. As such, we are better off as robots than as humans. This is certainly no laughing matter!
There is still a disturbing question that remains unresolved in this faithless and perverse generation now. Why does all the seemingly not hardcore “scumbag” think they are still “good” people as long as they also go along to “do good” or do “no harm” to others at other times? Don’t they have to consider what God and other “scumbag” like me think also? Does “do-good” always mean there’s “no harm” done to others? Will it always “cover” a multitude of sins no matter what a “scumbag” done or not done? Can one make up for all wrongdoings by going back to do good? Is smoking “good” to your health and do “no harm” to the health of others also? Do you play safe and make it safe for others while driving on the road? Are you doing a proper job while working that others would appreciate and praise instead of getting frown upon?
You may play “Robin Hood” to rob and put food on the tables for the poor. You may become so fanatically “religious” in the name of religion and kill your way to “martyrdom.” You may give tons of money to charity as a cover upfront for other seemingly “good” and “harmless” activities behind to prevent from getting busted by the law or perhaps your heart and conscience. Can all these be construed as “doing good” as long as you escaped the long arms of law or your heart and conscience? If you, as a sinful human, look on the “bright” side, of course it is still “good” and “dandy”, but not if you look on the bright side of Jesus with a heart and conscience because the simple truth is, if you don’t kill your own goodness, your own “goodness” will get you and others killed. Your own goodness can only be “killed” when you completely surrender and totally submit yourself wholeheartedly to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only when the real goodness of being born again as a Christian that will save you but not otherwise! So why are you still not a Christian if you think it’s no laughing matter?
The Ultimate Test
The reason I’m starting a personal campaign distributing the said flyers is to test if there are really “good” people good enough to response to the good news of Jesus. If you are one of the “good” people implicated here and thought “unfortunate” to receive a flyer from me personally, surely I believe the good news of Jesus would at least have looked and sounded good to you, wouldn’t it? But then again, I wouldn’t dare say for sure the flyers had done a good job, but I would like to look on the “bright” side too.
Hopefully by distributing these flyers it might offer me some hope of seeing “good” people saved by the precious blood of Jesus who died not only for the “scumbag” on death row but also for all “good” people who don’t think they are good enough to become “scumbag.” That’s why every Sunday when I go to church, I would be so eager to look out for new “faces” among Jesus’ flock of sheep. I’m also keeping count of the flyers given out. Unfortunately, not even one “good” people responded to my crusade so far. Are there no “good” people around anymore but only “scumbag”? Are all the “good” people “dead” already and waiting to come “alive” on Halloween only? Sadly, I can’t help but stop looking on the “bright” side now. The only real bright side to look is Jesus after all as I can relate better to what Jesus said in Matthew 7:14.
I know well in advance I shall be denied the luxury of knowing what’s going to happen to all the flyers that were given out on my personal crusade. That is why I’m ready to tell you now that it doesn’t hurt me or discourage me if you throw the flyers in the dustbin or perhaps even having laughed at me as some silly bum having nothing better to do but wasting time giving out flyers that nobody would bother reading. Even if some of you have read it, probably you must have imagined there is no hell below us and above us only sky. I can also relate to that because the same thing happened during Noah’s time and not to mention Jesus’ time and now, nowhere better!
It’s not surprising that people now imagine like what John Lennon did, or perhaps even laughing throughout the ages about the “need” to be saved and go to heaven. No wonder both Noah and Jesus were not amused and neither were they amazed by the folly of humans when they pleaded with people to repent and save themselves who didn’t think they needed saving at all as they probably imagined they neither go to heaven or hell after all. In the case of Noah, it’s not surprising at all that only 8 souls came out of the great flood alive and saved. In the case of what my crusade has shown so far, not even one soul has yet come forward and that is even far scarier than Noah’s time or Jesus’ time. Certainly this is no laughing matter!
So what went wrong? What has happened to all the “good” people like you? Why have you yet decided to obey the gospel of Jesus? Is it because the good news of Jesus is too good to be true? Was it too far-fetched that Jesus rose from the dead? Is it because you are adamant your “own” goodness is good enough to save you without the help of Jesus even when you’re drowning in your own sin? Is it because you are afraid you’d become a laughing matter if you become a Christian? Is it because you are not sure you like to go to heaven as you probably imagined it’s a boring place so it’s not important to bother about it? Is it because you are afraid of not meeting up with your loved ones and friends should you the only one made it to heaven? Is it because someone accosted you that you would be better off in hell where you can continue smoking, cheating, lying, cursing, committing adultery, drive recklessly and killing and doing anything that is only “human nature” as and when you like? Is it because you believe death is the end of everything and that you don’t have to meet up with your Maker and all such nonsense? You can go on giving yourself all the “good” human nature excuses but only if you can make sure you don’t stop breathing!
Whatever reasons that stopped you right in your track for not even making an effort to find out the Way, the Truth and the Life [John 14:6] that will set you free from the bondage of sin that comes in many forms already mentioned above that are already a living hell on earth for many, let’s just hope it is no laughing matter one day when you wake up on the other side. Have you not imagined what hell is like? Don’t you think humans are already making Earth a living hell? Have you not had enough of the earthly hell already? You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off as the saying goes. So sorry that all of what you read sounded so downright offending and it’s really a hard teachings so hard to accept, but that’s the ugly side of bitter truth not everyone has the courage to face. Hopefully one day in your life, you would be so thankful that you were downright offended reading this post. Perhaps only then you would have fully understood what it really meant when it comes to the right to be offended.
I could only hope your sense and sensibility would allow you to see that day coming…soon!