Here’s a short article that’s well put when it comes to the topic of distinguishing between “good people” and being saved. It could ruffle some feathers but if it’s used to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)…well, I guess it’d still ruffle some feathers. The article came from the church in Wise, Virginia.
“Good People in all Churches?”
The statement that “there are good people in all churches” is usually made as a defense of the existence of the many different conflicting denominations. Certainly there are good people in all the churches. There are good people OUT of churches. There are good people who are infidels. But the question is not are they good, but are they saved people?
It is good to be good but it is not good enough. One cannot save himself by just being good. He must obey the gospel of Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) to be saved. Cornelius was a good man but he was a lost man! (Acts 10:1-6; 11:14). The good people in human churches are lost people, not because they are not good moral people, but because they have not obeyed the gospel of God. This is why we appeal to good people to leave their human churches and obey the gospel. There is no other hope for these good people. – Earl Fly
- Denominations are not to be Celebrated – The Fellowship Room