Carson Wentz, an NFL quarterback and devout Christian, appeared in the special live event by “Faith on the Field” last week. On the show, he discussed about the “lie” that most Christians believe. The lie is that our faith will grow with hard work, rather than initiating the hard work we do with our faith. He admitted that he also believed the lie while he was growing up.
“I think talking specifically about that and being saved by works is obviously a lie, but it’s a lie that a lot of people believe. It’s a lie just in our culture. I know for me as a man, even when I was a kid, with sports and anything I did, I was going to work my tail off to earn what I got. That’s how I was wired, that’s how the world kind of instills this value, so to speak, is work, work, work, and earn it,” he said.
Went believed that actions and hard work are the way to salvation, and this is the lie that Christians are plagued by. “That’s what I thought. That’s the lie that the devil wants you to believe.” Ephesians 2:8-10 ultimately changed his outlook regarding salvation.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
After reading this passage, he said, “See we’re not saved by our actions but our actions come out of our faith.” Went believes that there is a big misconception that a lot of people have. He says that people think they can be saved through good works, and ultimately replace their relationship with God through these works. He challenges everyone to change their perspective.
“So, I really challenge every one of us to just [have] daily kind of have that perspective because it’s so easy to get caught up in doing good and thinking that I’m good enough, but without Jesus, none of us are.”