I was listening to this sermon on sin by Tim Conway and he brought up a strong point that reflects society today and how lightly people take sin. It adds another variant to the battle of justification.
Most of us are familiar with the two sides: justification by faith through the grace of God and justification by works. The true Christian builds his foundation on faith while many religions believe that their works partly or fully justify them before God. Regardless of the position, both sides are trying to please God and lead seemingly religious lives. We already know this.
So what is the newest trend? Justification by death.
What in the world is justification by death? It is the idea that justification comes when one dies. That is it. It is the belief that God is so loving and soft that regardless of what they did throughout their lifetime, their death guarantees them a spot in heaven. After all, God is good… all the time… right? Not in this context. These are the people who think they maintain some level of good and deservedly do not belong in the same place as the Hitlers and Stalins of society. This is the religion for the lukewarm, the ones who believe they have enough religiosity to slip into heaven. They are not concerned with holiness, righteousness, obedience, or lordship but are comforted by their impending death and the deception of heaven.
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. [Proverbs 14:12]
This fad will lead to a certain destruction.