That's what you get from people who are taught that any deed or act on our part in serving God is a legalistic attitude, an attempt to earn our salvation. So we all sit back, believing that Jesus did it all for us, so we don't have to do a single thing for him, because if we do, then we fall from grace. So everyone then only believes that Christ died for their sins. No need to repent of them, no need to change our life here and now, because our hearts, minds and conduct will be changed when we get to heaven. Repenting of our sin is impossible for us, as we are so taught, so why bother changing at all. It's this damnable doctrine of being saved IN our sin instead of FROM our sin that has corrupted the majority of Christendom, and has resulted in the most despicable hypocrisy, corruption, lawlessness and selfishness.
The Muslims, of course, are taught that dying as a martyr for Allah is a 100% guarantee of being in paradise. This doesn't sound that unfamiliar. The crusaders during the inquisition were told that dying for the cause of destroying all the "heretics" would either lessen their time in purgatory, or prevent them from being in purgatory altogether, and would directly enter heaven.
It's unfortunate that most Christians are taught that obedience to God is legalism, because it involves us doing something for Him. This is so despicable. We are expected to be upright citizens in keeping the laws of our own government, and if we break any of these laws, we are looked upon as criminals, and are sentenced to the appropriate punishment. Yet, if we even dare to obey the law of the Almighty God, whose law is of a higher standard than any manmade laws, whose government will one day be the government of the entire universe, we are branded as legalistic, hellbound heretics by the professed followers of Christ, and we are in for an eternally worse punishment than that of a mere earthly prison sentence. This fact puts me to far more shame than the fact that people have trouble committing to church attendance.
If you believe that obedience to God's commandments is an act of legalism, then why be ashamed of people not attending church? We don't need to attend church to be saved. Hey, we don't even need to worship the one true God alone to be saved, nor do we have to respect and revere His name, nor remember the sabbath, nor honor our parents, nor respect other people's property, lives, spouses and trust, nor be content with what we have. Doing any of these things would be an attempt to earn our salvation (so we are taught), so heaven forbid that we do such things here and now, or else we're damned to hell. We'll be doing all these things when we get to heaven, but not here and now.
For now (as we are so taught) we are stuck in the miry pit of sin, and we'll have to just get used to it, until Jesus returns. Then there will be no more deadness, hypocrisy, backbiting, corruption, pettiness, and childishness in heaven. Forget about there being any total devotion to Christ as our Lord, for our lord is sin here and now, but Christ is merely our Savior, who has saved us from the penalty of sin, but not from sin itself.
We will be saved from sin itself when we get to heaven.
Sigh....Please note that not for a single second will I ever believe such theological drivel as stated above, but this is what the majority of Christians are taught, whether they wish to admit it or not.
If you want to see a change in church, then stop believing in such garbage as "only believe". James says that the demons believe, and they tremble. Yes, there IS more to being saved than just believing in Jesus. It's also following Him, obeying Him and serving Him.
May God have mercy on us if we believe that obeying Christ is legalism.