I am a Lutheran because of the great good news that one doesn’t have to merit heaven through one’s good works. In fact, if you think that you must do something to earn your place in heaven, your are despising Jesus Christ. Strong words I know — but consider what St. Paul says of it in the book of Ephesians: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
The Lutheran Confessions have this to say about earning salvation:
“ . . . that our works cannot reconcile God or merit forgiveness of sins, grace, and justification, but that we obtain this only by faith when we believe that we are received into favor for Christ’s sake, who alone has been set forth the Mediator and Propitiation, 1 Tim. 2, 5, in order that the Father may be reconciled through Him. Whoever, therefore, trusts that by works he merits grace, despises the merit and grace of Christ, and seeks a way to God without Christ, by human strength, although Christ has said of Himself: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 14, 6.” (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia Triglotta—English: The Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, electronic ed. (Milwaukee, WI: Northwestern Publishing House, 1996), 53-55.)
Isn’t this truth of salvation worth teaching to your children, sharing with your loved ones and with those whom are your friends?