Satan wants Christians to believe the "lie" that they can attain salvation through their works and not through God's grace, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz shared during a live event in Pennsylvania on Sept. 6.
Several days ago, Wentz and his Eagles teammates Trey Burton and Stefen Wisniewski appeared at a live event hosted by "Faith on the Field" radio show at Eastern University. The NFL quarterback talked about his Christian faith and explained that believers --- including himself --- fall into the trap of believing that they are saved by works, The Christian Post relayed.
Wentz shared how he used to pray, attend church services, and do other things that a good person ought to do, thinking that these acts could lead to salvation. However, he learned later that this was just a "lie" that Satan wanted Christians to believe, as Ephesians 2:8-10 clearly said salvation was obtained through grace and faith.
"Christianity says it's done; Jesus already did it. He took it all for you and this is what Paul is saying here in Ephesians. He's saying it's by grace alone you've been saved, not by works so that no one can boast. I mean, he can't lay it out much clearer," Wentz explained. "Then he says, 'But we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.' See we're not saved by our actions but our actions come out of our faith."
In addition, Wentz emphasized the importance of a close relationship with Jesus Christ over just plain good works. He said nobody can earn their way to heaven.
Wentz is not shy when talking about his Christian faith, although he admitted that he does not proselytize, either. He proclaimed his love for Jesus and said he is naturally going to talk about his faith but is trying to walk "a fine line" by not forcing the issue on other people, CSN Philly reported.
Moreover, Wentz said Christianity was not about being a person who beats people on their heads using a Bible. Rather, he said his faith was all about showing love, grace, and kindness to others.