If you’re not dependent on God’s grace and are trying to prove to him your own goodness, you’re fighting for a lost cause, Ephesians 2.8-9.
If you treat God as if he were a human being and try to pull the wool over his eyes, you’re going to get the shock of your life, Acts 5.1-11.
If you’re not at church every single Sunday when you are able to go, you are sinning, depriving other saints of edification, and have lost any further sacrifice for sin, Hebrews 10.24-27.
If you have not read the whole Bible through within a year or so after your conversion (and frequently thereafter), you are failing in your service to God, because you are incapable and ill equipped for every good work, 2 Timothy 3.16.
If you spread false teachings and do not agree with sound words (that is, those of our Lord Jesus Christ) and with the teaching that accords with godliness, you are conceited and understand nothing, but have an unhealthy interest in controversies and verbal disputes, 1 Timothy 6.3-4.
If you ignore the commandments of God and do sacred things your own way, you’re going to get burned, Leviticus 10.1-7 and 1 Chronicles 13.1-10.
If you go the church of your choice, you’ll certainly miss the church that Christ built, Matthew 16.18.
If you separate salvation from baptism, you are separating what God has joined together, Matthew 19.6b.
If you, by your own lights, attempt to define what is good, rather than listen to how the Lord defines it, things will definitely go bad for you, because you’re as good as dead, Isaiah 5.20.
If you, like the Sadducees, think some parts of the Bible are more inspired than others, “you are deceived, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God” Matthew 22.29.
If you’re trying to give a good example as a means of fulfilling the Great Commission, without actually proclaiming the words of salvation to the lost around you, you are failing to confess Christ before men, Matthew 10.26-33.
If you ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest, but then refuse to go when he sends you, have you not rejected the counsel of God for yourself? Matthew 9.37-38; 10.1ff.
If you profess to nurture the hope of Christ’s return and of eternal life, but live as if there were no tomorrow, you’re going to miss the boat, 2 Peter 3.11-14.
These items reflect not only the Word of God, but several echo the actual wording of the NET Bible.
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