I had occasion the other day of speaking with a young (black man) who has turned to being a Muslim. He told of going to church with his Aunt many years ago who kept trying to force him to seek the "gift of the Holy Spirit" and that if he wasn't blessed with this "gift" he would be forever lost. Included in this conversation was a boat-load of things he had to "do" in order to find grace and eternal salvation. As fate would have it..., this guy told of becoming extremely confused as a youth, eventually turning to drugs and alcohol and is now recovering but in the meantime..., has become a practicing Muslim. What a shame. I shared with him of the thief on the cross who was told that, "Today, ye shall be with me in paradise..." How this man was in a position to where he could "do" nothing. He couldn't get baptized; he didn't speak in any unknown tongue; he didn't turn an pray to the East; he never led a Sunday School..., etc., but rather, he died that day and found himself in paradise..., for eternity. I want to meet that man when my time comes. Of course, meeting with all those who came before me. What an exciting prospect! Why do modern day churches take the Word of God and make it into something it is not? Where does all this must "do" stuff come from? Are churches and church leaders so desperate at maintaining numbers on the roll they end up inventing and creating nonsense? Where did this "do" religion originate?