Sept 15 – Mark Twain’s Truth

"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in." the following words were humorously spoken by the famous Mark Twain suggesting that it’s not a good idea to take your dog to the pearly gates. And although he spoke in jest, there is nevertheless some truth in what he said. Getting into heaven does not come by merit. We are told that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saves us.” In other words entrance into heaven when this life is over is a favour- not something we earn. Aul wrote, “by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works…” And why is that true? Because you and I are sinners and do not have the ability to make ourselves good enough to enter heaven. As Mark Twain, “ Heaven goes by favor.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell