“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” a munchkin asks Dorothy in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”
“Why, I’m not a witch at all,” Dorothy replies.
Likely, you aren’t a witch either. For one thing, if you were, then you probably wouldn’t be reading a religious column. But part of the question remains: are you good or are you bad?
Did you answer “good”? Then, ah, hah, I’ve got you. After all, that means you’re telling a tale.
In Luke 18:19, Jesus says, “No one is good, but One, that is God.”
And the third chapter of Romans says, “There is none righteous, no not one ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
OK, that likely wasn’t a fair question. But, I dare say, none of you really think you are “bad.” As Christians, we do good deeds, and we say nice things. But to God, that’s not enough. What does He think of the good we do? Isaiah says, “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (64:6).
God gives us two choices for where we will spend eternity: heaven or hell. But we can’t get to heaven just by being good. We can only get to heaven through God’s grace, by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and being born into His kingdom.
Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. For we all are sinners by nature — selfish and self-willed.
Such truth is not popular today, even in some churches. Some hold to the idea that all people will go to heaven, for example. Or that good works alone will get people there. But that’s not what the good book says, is it?
Since I’ve gone to meddling, I’ll complete this salvation plea by asking, “Are you going to heaven?”
One international Christian group says, “If you answer something like, ‘I hope so,’” then you have not yet been saved — but are still relying on works. So, look in your heart and humbly pray. Accept Jesus fully as your Lord and Savior. Please?
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.
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