The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
It is amazing how many people think that if they perform enough good works, they just might make it into heaven. They imagine that God has this ginormous scale, and he places all the good a person has done on one side and all the bad they have done on the other and if the good outweighs the bad, they get a pass. However, the Bible makes clear that “no one does good, not even one” (Rom 3:23). This is because as Proverbs 21:27 makes clear, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination.” That is, for those who do not have faith in Christ and do live in obedience to the word of Christ, even the good they do is an abomination to God. This is because God created us for his glory and thus commands that everything we do be for his glory (Is 43:7; 1 Cor 10:31). Thus, anything we do that is not for God’s glory is sin, and an abomination in his eyes. Getting into heaven is not a matter of good works; it’s a matter of loving Christ and living for his glory!
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