Did you hear, "come down the isle to get your sins forgiven?" Did you hear, "you've got to be good in order to get the blessings of God?"
Well, if you went down the isle to get your sins forgiven, or thought you had to be better in order for God to give you life, you are badly mistaken in your understanding of the true gospel message.
First off, you don't get your sins forgiven today, because they have already been forgiven 2000 years ago. Now, you can choose to receive forgiveness. And, if being good was a prerequisite to receiving the blessings of God, no one on the planet would ever be able to receive the blessings of God, because the bible clearly states, that no one is good, except God himself. Good is defined by God, from the moment of life to the moment of death, a person never thinking a bad thought, never lying, always loving and looking out for the other person, never saying anything bad or getting angry, and never doing anything wrong throughout a person's entire life. How do you measure up to good? I can tell you that no one measures up to good.
The True Gospel message is one of life. Jesus died on the cross, reconciling the world to himself, not counting mans' sin against him. Certainly that is good news in itself, but that is not the entire gospel message. The other half of the story is that God wants to give you eternal life. Eternal life begins the moment a person believes in Jesus, God in the flesh, and receives the Spirit of God for life.
Bible in Basic English, John: eternal life faith
John 3:15 So that whoever has faith may have in him eternal life.
John 3:16 For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.
John 3:36 He who has faith in the Son has eternal life; but he who has not faith in the Son will not see life; God's wrath is resting on him.
John 5:24 Truly I say to you, The man whose ears are open to my word and who has faith in him who sent me, has eternal life; he will not be judged, but has come from death into life.
John 6:40 This, I say, is my Father's pleasure, that everyone who sees the Son and has faith in him may have eternal life: and I will take him up on the last day.
John 6:47 Truly I say to you, He who has faith in me has eternal life.
A dead man needs life. If you are trying to get yourself cleaned up in order to face God, forget it. You will be living a life of lies. Put an end to trying to do it yourself. Enter into Jesus' death on the cross, so you can receive his risen life.
The way is not difficult, but it is a stumbling block. Throw out your religion of lies and start believing the truth, Jesus died for your sins so he could give you eternal life. Come to him by faith.
Please read the Welcome message.