The above words were on a marquee in front of one of the largest churches here in town a while back.  Evidently these supposed “words of wisdom” were intended to give directions to earth’s struggling anthropoids in their evolutionary ascension to paradise.

They convey an idea which, though it would be appropriate for the Boy Scouts, is totally opposed to the Word of God, the forgiveness of sins, and that gospel of the free grace of God in Christ Jesus for poor sinners.  Boy scouts earn patches, badges, advancements and promotions through their “good deeds” and “hard work.”  However they are honest enough to label their rewards, advancements, and promotions meritorious rather than gratuitous.  But through the wiles of Satan, false religionists plainly preach and teach that sinners are saved by their own works and worth, efforts and merit, while calling their gospel, “salvation by grace.”  “A good deed is a step toward God.”  Now I ask you, does that statement teach and promote grace or works?”

Brothers and sisters, let us pray for grace to live our lives in this world for the honor and glory of Him who loved us and gave himself for us, and “let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith;” but let us hang our guilty souls upon the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, and let us trust Him alone for our acceptance with God.  For it is in Christ, through faith in His name that sinners are made righteous, justified, reconciled, and accepted of God.  “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.  Even as David describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”  He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life.”

“Grace is grace and works are works
And the two shall never meet;
Those who work are those who boast,
But grace brings beggars to Jesus’ feet.”
Pastor Maurice Montgomery

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