If you are one of those who believe that they are on the right path which leads to life everlasting, there is one question you must answer. If one did exactly what Jesus and his apostles taught, no more and no less, would they be saved? If your answer is no, then you have denied Jesus as the Christ and have rejected the gospel of our Lord and Savior. You are saying that all early day Christians were lost, who obeyed the gospel and doctrine of Christ. If your answer is yes, then why would anyone do more or less than what Jesus and His apostles taught? Saved is saved, so why would anyone one risk salvation by altering the path which leads to it?
Do you believe that one can obtain a better reward in heaven by doing more than Jesus and his apostles taught? Oddly enough, those who answer yes to question: (If one did exactly what Jesus and his apostles taught, no more and no less, would they be saved?), also believe that they can be more pious than Jesus and his apostles. No, they never say this aloud, but by their actions, they affirm the same. When anyone adds the traditions of men to the doctrine of Christ, they are in essence saying that they are more righteous than the one who died for our sins. They have elevated themselves to the position of God. They are saying one must obey their commandments in order to be saved. As the old saying goes, “Who died and left them God?” None of these gave their only son to die for your sins. None of these died for your sins. None of these can give you eternal life.
Do you believe that one can still be saved, and do less than Jesus and His apostles taught? These are they who believe that Jesus left us no law to obey, and therefore one can do less that what was taught and still be saved. They believe that obeying the gospel is optional. They believe that attending worship every Sunday is optional. They believe the use if instrumental music is optional. They believe any commandment of Jesus and His apostles are optional.
Sadly, most believe in Jesus Christ, but they don’t believe in His Plan of Salvation. This is why they are either doing more than Jesus and his apostles taught, or are doing less. Jesus made it clear that those who obey the commandments of men are turned from the truth, and worship Christ in vain. (Tit 1:14 f; Mt 15:7-9) Jesus also said that those who do not the will of God will be lost to eternal damnation. (Mt 7:21-23) The only path which leads to life everlasting is the one which Jesus and his apostles taught, and early day Christians obeyed. If we alter the gospel, we shall be accursed. (Gal 1:6-9) If we don’t continue in the apostle’s doctrine, which is the doctrine of Christ, then we have not God and are eternally lost. (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9) If we are on the path which leads to life everlasting, then we are obeying exactly what Jesus and His apostles taught, no more and no less. (Mt 7:14 f; 1 Cor 4:6)