John 3:17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 

I had a chance to spend some time with my brother and his family this past Sunday, and I always walk away amazed at how similar we are.  In times past we’ve had conversations around religion and faith, and he’s always shared how turned off he is to organized religion, because it carries this “aura” of measuring up and performance…
I know I’ve shared this sentiment for many years before coming to know Christ, and still am very sensitive to those I know, who live with this same blindness to the gospel.  But such a mentality isn’t born out of thin air, it usually “cements” itself in meeting “Christians” whose aura is more condemning than inviting and merciful. (Matthew 9:10-13)
As Christians if we’re not careful, we can have a standard of whether or not we are as “bad” as the people who openly deny living for Christ.  So “our faith” will center on morality and a commendable status to society, rather than a heart that knows it’s sin is ever before them, in just as much need for mercy as anyone we condemn. (Psalm 51:3)
This is why the gospel is so crucial to our profession of Christ.  Because it was God’s plan to send Jesus, not to condemn the world but to save it!  So Christians are to continue in this humbling ministry of reconciliation continually before God as individuals first, and then extend it to others.  In other words, we only extend to others what we walk in, be it judgment or love/mercy. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21, James 4:11-12)
Eternal salvation is something we possess now as believers, but it is also a continual deliverance from sin and bondage to assure salvation, which takes a humble practicing faith.  Strive to fight the aura of the Pharisees, because true worship is harder for a person who thinks they “see”, than for a person who knows they cannot without humbly needing Christ.  (John 3:16, John 9:40-41, Hebrews 6:10-12) 
In His Love, Ld