Religion teaches conformity, while having a relationship with God teaches people to follow a path of self-improvement. Some people will become Christians and believe that since they stopped doing things traditionally identified as sinful (premarital sex, drinking, cursing) that they are saved and somehow better than someone who is still doing those things. What if I told you the majority of people Christian or not is in inherently sinful. Mankind, by nature, is selfish, self-centered and makes mistakes. The bible is clear it states that all people have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23. Just a few pages after that verse is Romans 8:1 there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
So what does that mean? It means it means at the time that you except Christ into your life you may have big problems like addiction, or more socially acceptable problems like gossiping. But regardless of what your sinful tendency is we all missed the mark and need a savior; someone (Christ) to seek after and try to become a better person for the sake of our relationship with him.
You can look at amazing people that have very solid relationships with God and they still struggle with something sinful. It could be a pray warrior who is in their 80’s and has been in church their entire life and never strayed from their faith. Who knows what they struggle with but I’m guessing at one time or another one of their relationships became an idol. They may have put their children before their marriage and put their marriage before their walk with God.
You could look at an accomplished pastor. Someone who has reached thousands for God. Maybe they struggle with pride. You could look at a successful business person. Are they motivated by greed? Have they made their career an idol? Look at a young person who is consumed with fear 2Timothy 1:17 the spirit of fear is not of God.
I’m not saying that anyone of these previous examples is a bad person. I’m just illustrating that the bible is true. I don’t think the pray warrior, pastor, business person, or child is in any danger of hell if they seek God. I’m just warning Christians not to be too comfortable in our own abilities and not offer the same grace to others that God allows us. Instead of looking at people in terms of good people and bad, look at all people as a work in progress. We should acknowledge our own imperfections and inspire people to be like us instead of condemning people for not living up to our standards.