Being sincere is not the way to have your sins forgiven. If it were, then Jesus didn’t need to die on the cross. But He did die, so being sincere isn’t good enough. Think about the logic of this. Can I dial any phone number and get home? No, there’s only one number that will ring my home. I could be sincere, but I could be sincerely wrong. The truth is, all roads don’t lead to Rome and all roads and all religions don’t lead to God. Besides, if someone appeals to their own sincerity as a worthy effort before God, then they are appealing to their own character as a means to satisfy an infinite and holy God. But this is impossible. First, we can never satisfy an infinite and holy God based on our finite sin-stained efforts and second, making such an appeal is really an appeal to pride since it is an appeal to something good in ourselves. The problem is that we are all touched by sin. The Bible says, “no one does good,” (Rom. 3:12).
Unfortunately, people erringly think that having a good and sincere heart is sufficient for them to escape God’s judgment. But this is a misplaced appeal since it is based on feelings and not biblical revelation. Furthermore, someone can be sincere but be very wrong in what they believe this misguided belief will surely lead you down the wrong path. You see, it all depends on which direction you take. Jesus said this, “I am the way and the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The Bible tells us that on the road to heaven, there are only two directions, toward Christ or away from Him. You can accept it or you can reject it, that’s your choice. You can make Jesus the Lord of your life, that means the manager, the ceo, the person in charge of your life, or you can call Him a liar, the choice is yours.
You know a lot of people sincerely believe that even though they’ve broken God’s rules that they can earn God’s forgiveness by doing good works, by observing the Five Pillars of Islam or the Buddhist Eightfold Path or the Hindu Doctrine of Karma, for example. But I don’t get it. How will doing some good works that we should have done all our lives, make up for all the countless times we failed? You see, heaven is a perfect place and that means only perfect people get to go there. If not-perfect people were allowed in, it wouldn’t be perfect anymore. Well I don’t know about you, but I have never been perfect, I was born short. But thank God He has a plan B. He came to earth in human form, Jesus Christ, and He lived a perfect life and now He offers to let us go to heaven on His ticket. I pray we all come to the realization and learn to trust Jesus Christ and stop trying to be something we have never been, and can never be alone, perfect.