“13 (For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the Law, do by nature the things contained in the Law, these, having not the Law, are a Law unto themselves:
15 Which show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.” Romans 2:13-16
The hearing of the Law saves no one. Knowledge of the Law saves no one. Hearing nor a mere knowledge of the Gospel saves no one unless the hearer believes the shed Blood of Jesus paid the penalty for their sins and that He is alive today sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro for those whose heart is perfect toward HIM (Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe).
The Law of God is written on the heart of mankind and our conscience bears witness. The good that is done by the lost does not bring them Justification; just as the hearing of the Law does not bring Justification. There are untold thousands who sit among the congregation weekly believing that they are indeed justified before God because they are hearers of the Gospel and doers of good according to their conscience alone. Never have they opened the Word of God for themselves, seeking to ensure their conscience not be seared by the commandments of men being declared as biblical doctrine but have gone about accusing or excusing one another according to their own conscience.
It is one thing for the lost to do that which is good because of the Law of God written on their heart. Their conscience will indeed bear witness but their vain thoughts will go about accusing and excusing. It is another thing all together for those who claim Christianity; those who may indeed hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and do that which is good because the Law of God is written on their heart but they too allow their vain thoughts to become their religious doctrine. Their banner may be Christianity but their doctrine is that of a seared conscience which serves as their moral authority instead of the Word of God being their moral authority. They are hearers who have not believed and are therefore not Saved, while at the same time doers who have not believed and sadly are again not Saved either.
We are saved by Grace through Faith, not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Those who profess the banner of Christianity but have not yet believed with their heart are lukewarm Christians and bring reproach to the work of God. God says He would rather them be cold than lukewarm. The cold are those who don’t profess Christianity; those who may or may not do that which is “good” but in either case they do not profess to be followers of Christ.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are held accountable to the Word of God…to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. If we point to, lean on or partake in any other method for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, we will give an account. This Gospel of which we preach will bring the lost to the Cross of Christ for repentance; It will set the captives free and heal those which are bruised. There is no sugar coating necessary. Lift Him up, Jesus Christ, to a lost and dying world so that they can choose for themselves in Whom they will believe.
The secrets of which we keep will be judged by God according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; not how often we heard or how many good works we performed but that of which we believed with our hearts unto Salvation. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren