Not every one that saith unto Me (Jesus), Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity. – Matt 7: 21-23
And Jesus said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. – Luke 9:23
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I (Jesus) say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. – Luke 13:24
And ye shall be hated of all [men] for My (Jesus’) name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. – Matt 10:22
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. – Phil 2:12
So is it really that simple? No! Jesus is NOT a solution to your life’s problems; He is NOT a genie! He Himself said His followers will have trouble in this world. Simply calling on the name of Jesus does not save anyone. Many will claim to know Jesus, but only a few will be saved. These few are the ones who have repented from their hearts about their sinful lifestyle, who have obeyed the teachings of Jesus and followed Him regardless of the consequences. Saying a simple sinner’s prayer does not save a soul, that’s superstition brought in by selfish preachers for money and popularity’s sake. A person is truly saved from death and damnation when they have repented of their sins and chosen the way of God, not the way of this lawless world, finding its pleasures detestable. Jesus has promised great rewards in the presence of the Father in heaven for facing the problems in life with the help of His Spirit and enduring until the end.