One line that I found particularly interesting was "religion can't save you." When you think about it, he's right. Our churches serve as a place to worship God, but simply being a member of a church does not guarantee automatic salvation. The only thing that does is faith and dedication in Jesus Christ. After all, he said "no one gets to the Father except through me." It isn't enough just to say "I'm a Mormon," or "I'm a Baptist," or "I'm a Catholic," or whatever. Being a member of a church is a good way to learn about your place in Heavenly Father's plan, and to continue your search for enlightenment and the Truth. But it isn't enough to achieve salvation. Only dedication to Jesus can grant that.Franklin Graham wrote:There has been a lot of talk the last couple of days about what it means to be Christian. Simply put, a Christian is a person who is a follower of Jesus Christ. I was 22 years old when I asked God to forgive me of my sins and I put my faith and trust in His Son Jesus Christ. I invited Jesus into my heart and turned my life over to Him—and I’ve been following Him ever since.
Being a Christian has nothing to do with being a Presbyterian or a Baptist or a Catholic—religion can’t save you. You have to confess your sins, turn from your sins, and believe in Jesus Christ, who took your sins to the cross, died, was buried, and God raised Him from the grave. That’s the Good News, that’s the Gospel. The Bible says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
God’s Word promises, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
But enough of my soapbox. What do you think?