We've all heard that God loves us–and this is true. But, it's equally true that God hates sin. Without these two halves, the gospel becomes powerless.
God will judge you and send you to heaven or hell based on your works–what you do. Jesus said,
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
You have sinned hideously in the sight of God. God hates sin, and you deserve his fierce justice and wrath. But, God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. So he sent his Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God wipes out our past sins and saves us from sinning. Thus, we are no longer sinners. Instead, we become righteous. As a result, by faith, our works are righteous. If Jesus truly saves you from sin, then, at the day of judgment, God will judge that your works were truly righteous.
Do you hate sin? Or do you love it? If you love sin, will you forever renounce it today, in the name and power of Jesus Christ?
The following Scriptures appear in this sermon: John 3:14-17, Romans 1:18, Romans 1:21-32, Revelation 14:10-11, 1 John 3:1-3, Galatians 5:19-21, Luke 12:4-5, Isaiah 59:18, Isaiah 66:15, Revelation 19:15, Ezekiel 8:18, John 5:28-29, Isaiah 3:9-11, Revelation 20:12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 16:27, Revelation 21:8, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 5:3-7, Isaiah 63:3, Hebrews 3:7-19, Hebrews 4:7