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Is being sincere in your faith all that matters? 
If being sincere in your faith is all that matters for salvation…  
· …Then any faith is as good as another (Catholic, Mormon, JW, Marcionite, Muslim, Hindu, Essene, Jew, etc.), and will work?  
· 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 
  • ... Then contending for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3) is a waste of time, and actually militates against the salvation of souls? 
  • Jude 3 ¶ Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 
    ·…Then Paul’s concern over a false Jesus, a false Gospel, and a false spirit (2 Cor. 11) was completely unfounded and reveals a lack of understanding? 
  • 2 Cor. 11:2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him...  13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 
    ·…Then deception is nothing to fear or combat; only insincerity is wrong? (Romans 16:18) 
  • Romans 1617  ¶ Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 
    · …Then false prophets “alluring through the lust of the flesh”, and “many following their pernicious ways”, is of no concern? (2 Peter 2). 
  • 2 Peter 2:1 ¶ But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  
    · …Then the easiest and most popular gospel message is the best, whether true to God’s Word or not? (Gal. 1:8,9) 
  • Gal. 1:6  ¶ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 ¶ For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 
    · …Then the greatest liar, so long as he draws the largest crowd and thoroughly deceives them with his false gospel, is actually the greatest evangelist? (John 8:44) 
  • John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 
  • Mt 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 
  • Lu 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 
    · …Then I should go preach whatever lie draws the largest crowd of sincere followers?  Though I know it to be a lie, as long as I sincerely believe that the end justifies the means, then I will also be saved? (Matt. 7:14) 
  • Matt. 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  
  • Luke 13:23 ¶ Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 
  • Mt 24:4 ¶ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 
  • Mt 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 
  • Mt 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 
    ...No, No, Sorry, but sincerity of faith alone is not going to save anyone.  You must be following the right Jesus as Lord of your life, and striving to learn and observe all His teachings (Matt. 28:20), or the following may happen to you: 
    Matt. 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 
    Notice that "you accepting Christ" is not the final goal; but rather "Christ accepting YOU".   
    Listen to Jesus' conclusion:   
    Matt. 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 
    Lu 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 
    ...We don't know how strict or lenient God is going to be on judgment day -- We do know that the way is narrow, and few there be that find it. 
    ...We are exhorted in Scripture to pass the time of our sojourning here is fear; and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. 
  • I Peter 1:15   But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 
    ...We do know that ignorance of the Law is no excuse: Romans 1&2 & Luke 12:46 
  • Luke 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.  47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 
    There is no room for presumption!  
    It would be far better to assume someone is in danger of hell-fire, and strive to win them, than to assume they are safe.  It would be far better to tell them they are in danger of hell-fire, and risk offending them; than to imply they are not in danger of hell-fire, when indeed they are!  On Judgment Day, when they are facing God and eternity, they will have no problem with you having warned them of hell-fire, and rebuking their sin; but they will definitely have a problem with you giving them false assurance!