Persuasive Speech : Good Works Not Accepted

1293 Words Jan 13th, 2016 6 Pages
GOOD WORKS NOT ACCEPTED

I was sitting among a huge congregation listening to Rev Kanishka Raffel, Dean of Sydney Anglican Church preaching on Acts 10 when I realized that the story of Cornelius is the warning for the world, and we need to be serious about it. The story of Cornelius is the historical fact that proves that good works are not the legitimate pre-requisite spend eternal life with God. This is an exclusive story in The Bible where we find that good work only do not content God. Priya and I were attending 2016 CMS Summer School at Katoomba, NSW where Rev Raffle was the main speaker. His exposition on Book of Acts is not to be missed.

We are in the post-modern era where man is glorified more over God. The clear evidence of this is ample around us. Look at the billboards, check the commercials on TV and internet, watch the posters on the walls, all are deifying man and his works. Spirit of magnificence of man and his good work has crept into the churches too. The Old Testament has told centuries ago that our good works are filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” This verse doesn’t mean that we should stop doing good deeds to uplift and support people and care for them. The point here is that by our good works only, we cannot win an Admit One ticket to Heaven. How could Prophet Isaiah declare that “all our righteousnesses” are dirty linen? Yet he does so, because standard of God is…
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