But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1
What groups where you belong makes it hard for others to be welcomed and participate as one of your own? These groupies can be family clans, school clubs, company executives, playground bullies, or religious circles.
What are some customs you are comfortable with and feel competent enough to create a culture that excludes others until they cross their comfort zones and pick up your customs? Countries have customs where they identify the country of origin to make sure they protect their countries from foreigners who are hostiles. Communities have both written and unspoken codes of conduct that control and patrol people for them to feel safe and secure. Churches have customs that could make them look like cults.
Cults make you leave your comfort zones to conform to some customs you need to adopt to be accepted by the groupies. Belonging to the group means salvation for you. The problem happens when the leaders of the group teach secondary issues (i.e. circumcision) as primary and practice it as a measure of evidence of salvation.
When was the last time someone told you that you cannot be saved?
What were the reasons?
Who started the customs that you had to obey for you to be accepted?
You Can Be Saved
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Are you lost in the groups, customs, and cults? The alternative is not better – being alone because you are burned by these groups that accept you on certain conditions based upon your performance. There is a good news. Jesus accepts you, forgives you, and welcomes you based upon only one condition – faith in him. You can be saved when you trust Jesus has done everything you need to do in order for you to be saved.
Jesus has become sin for you so that you no longer have to live in sin.
You can be saved from your past sins, present struggles with sins, and future failures of obedience when you confess that Jesus died for your past, present, and future sins and redeemed you to live a new life in him by the power of the Holy Spirit.