Can you claim to be God’s man, or are you a man of the world? God’s man is anyone righteous because of his belief and trust in Jesus the Christ, Son of God. Men of the world are lost sinners and will never see heaven. God gave each person freedom of choice. Each can choose God or the world. Sadly, most people have always chosen the world and rejected God.
Every man of God sins because everyone on earth sins. We are all sinners, every one of us. But no man of God will stay in sin or have a lifestyle that is sinful. And any child of God (righteous person) who asks for God’s forgiveness receives it. That is how much God loves us. In fact, God’s love and grace were so great that He gave His own Son, Jesus, to die a horrible death on Calvary’s cross to pay for all our sins.
Jesus once criticized the Pharisees for making up rules and attributing them to God. Speaking of them, He said, “And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Mt. 15:9). We have modern-day Pharisees among us today. They are preachers who claim you must do this or that in order to be saved. Some say you must be baptized in their church; others claim you cannot do some things that the Bible never condemns. This is all heresy.
The simple truth is, as I said, everyone on earth is, always has been, and always will be a sinner. No one is fit for heaven until he calls on Christ for salvation. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Their answer was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30-31). They did not say God demands you witness for Him or even that you be baptized (although every Christian should be). Why? We cannot earn our salvation or do anything other than to trust Christ. Works would nullify God’s grace.
Some will accuse me of “easy believism,” but salvation is easy for any who believe in and trust Christ. Some modern Pharisees claim you must live “worthily” and do all kinds of things and not do many other things. Some even claim you can lose your salvation, but the Bible makes it very clear that, “Once saved, always saved.” Paul said as much in Romans 8:39, that nothing can separate us from God, even ourselves.
Though Christ’s blood washes us and makes us eternally destined for heaven, sin does have earthly consequences. As people once said, “The chickens always come home to roost.” God forgives all Christians when they ask Him to (1 John 1:9), but the world never does. Even Christians must face the consequences of all their actions on earth. A Christian could conceivably rob a bank and still go to heaven. But he would also probably go to prison for it.