Billy Graham once said that a person’s involvement in a lukewarm church is like getting a vaccination. A little bit of the bug is inserted so that the patient might never get the real disease (Gospel) in full measure.
How difficult it is to tell an avid churchgoer that he/she has to repent and get right with God on a scriptural basis. The answer comes, “Oh but I attend and tithe and sing in the choir and help collect used clothing for the Christmas hampers.” That might make the individual a “nice” person but not a redeemed one. And then the additional answer, “That’s the way my Dad behaved, and I am sure that he didn’t go very far from wrong.”
Ah but the Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
So what does that mean; that it’s hopeless?
Yeah, pretty much, But I would use the word futile rather than hopeless. You do not have it in you to measure up to God’s standard of holiness, but another One does and He has volunteered the effort for your account, if you will accept. That is the Christian hope. And Heaven will follow.
Now you’re talking about the cross, aren’t you Doug?
Precisely! It’s already done by Jesus. That’s the operative word in Christian experience. Not “do” but rather “DONE”.
Doug Blair, Waterloo, Ontario