You will run into folks who will respond that because they are doing good works or living by the Ten Commandments that they are good enough to get into heaven.  How will you respond?  Perhaps the following will help.

May I ask you a question?  “How good do you have to be to get into heaven?”  God is holy and requires holiness.  Holiness is purity.  Even though you may think you are good enough, listen to Scripture.  God declares that “all” have sinned and that is all of us.  The Bible further says that because of sin we deserve only death (Romans 6:23).  Even one sin disqualifies you from being in the presence of God.  You could never be good enough.  That is why you need Jesus to wash your sins away with His blood (Revelation 1:5).

The Bible says that there is none good enough to get into heaven on their own, “There is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:12).  Goodness is measured by God’s standard, not yours.

To say that you are good enough means that Christ did not have to die.  But He did die to save sinners (John 3:16).  The Bible says if righteousness can come by good deeds then Christ didn’t need to die (Galatians 3:21), but He did, so being good enough isn’t enough.