People can be wrong about a lot of things in this life and still survive, but if they are wrong about their salvation, they will suffer the horrifying consequences for that mistake throughout all eternity! This is why Paul exhorted us: “test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves?” If faith is genuine it must be based solely on the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). It will forsake any and all teaching that does not conform with Scripture (2 Tim.3: 15-16). It will have as its object the Lord Jesus Christ ALONE. He satisfied all the demands of God’s holy law then laid His life down as a substitute for sinners who come to Him with empty hands of faith, forsaking all other means and mediators for salvation (Acts 4:12).

Those who believe another gospel or trust another Jesus have a dead, spurious faith that provides only a false hope (2 Cor. 11:4). They have believed in vain (1 Cor. 15:2). The only work that can save sinners is the finished, perfect and all-sufficient work of redemption that was accomplished by Christ. No other work will do (Psalm 49:7-8). Christ died "for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" (1 Pet. 3:18). Anyone who believes his works can add to, co-mingle with, complement or supplement the perfect work of Christ is an insult to God’s holiness and justice.

People who are lost are blindly accepting the teachings and traditions of men without testing them with God’s Word. A true disciple of Jesus will abide in His Word to know the truth that will set him free from religious deception (John 8:31-32). Jesus said, “we must strive to enter the narrow gate” (Luke 13:24). When anyone is confronted with the solemnity of eternity, they will strive to know the truth by diligently searching the Scriptures.