‘Most religions of the world
Are about salvation by works,’
But according to God’s standards
Our good works don’t hold much worth.
Because the Do-it-yourself religion
Will ensure we get the glory,
Where our pride and self-righteousness
Will boast in our own story.
We are saved for good works
And not by good works at all,
Where there’s a new vision and a mission
When God our name He calls.
God hates self-righteousness
Because the credit belongs to us,
Rather than the humble submission that’s required
Knowing we are merely dust.
The Pharisees were filled with leaven
And all self-righteous ways,
Instead of trusting in the words of Christ
Who our soul can save.
Salvation by good works
Can never be attained,
Because if we stumble in one we stumble in all
Where frustration will remain.
We simply can’t keep all the law
That’s why we all need Christ,
Who shed His precious blood for us
Through His sacrifice.
Is a deceptive way to believe,
Because if that were the honest truth
Then Christ we would not need.
There’s only one way to the Father;
Through the work at Calvary;
The most dearest and most priceless work
To seal our eternity.
(C) P.B. 2021
“Most religions of the world are about salvation by works. You must pray, you must fast, you must give alms and so on, and then, at the end of it all, you will get right with God. You save yourself by your own efforts. Do-it-yourself religion appeals to people because it leaves them with their pride, for they feel that they have achieved salvation. It is self-righteousness, and that is something that God hates. He would rather deal with sin than self-righteousness. Jesus just couldn’t get on with self-righteous people. He was a friend of sinners, but the self-righteous, such as the Pharisees, he couldn’t get on with at all.” Unlocking the Bible – David Pawson; Pages 985 and 986.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13
“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf.” Isaiah 64:6
“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ…for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” Galatians 2:16
“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:21
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9