Here’s my question: if we say that “good people can go to hell” and that “we can’t be good enough to get to heaven,” why don’t we act like it? We talk a big game about how salvation depends on God’s grace, Jesus’ sacrifice, the Holy Spirit’s drawing, but we do not relate to others that way.
If someone is engaged in “big sins,” then they must be “really lost.” Someone else may have no relationship with Jesus and no intention of starting one but they’re “good people,” so we think, “maybe, just maybe they really do know Him.”
What about our fellow believers? Those that are trapped in visible sins, get our ire and judgmental stares. We question their salvation. Those that are racked with pride, lust and internal sins, usually get our praise because they seem to love Jesus so much.
You ever notice the interviews with the friends and neighbors of serial killers or rapist. What do they always say, “He seemed like a good guy. I would never have thought he would do such a thing.”
No, we can’t see someone’s heart to know what sins they are struggling with, but we can assume as a fallen human they are struggling with sin.
Every person we meet that doesn’t know Christ is moving closer to eternal separation from Him, no matter how moral they appear on the surface. They need Him as much as the serial killer and child molester does, and as much as you and I did.
Every follower of Christ should be struggling with sin. If we are not struggling, we are succumbing. It doesn’t matter if my sin is internal and yours is out there for everyone to see, we both need to be more like Jesus. Of course, some of us are farther away from Christ than others, but none of us have made it yet. Shouldn’t we act like it?