This is basically what mainline, institutionalised Christianity teaches in a nutshell.
They believe that “nice” people go to heaven, because nice people have the right personality, i.e., they bear good fruit.
So if you were born grumpy, short-tempered, negative or impatient – you’re hellbound.
But who exactly measures people according to the Gospel of Personality – how much “nice” is sufficient enough to get one into heaven? 50%? 70? 80? or 95%?
It’s what they DO that “gets them into heaven”, not what Christ DID on Calvary’s cross.
Lost menn are totally depraved : Spirit, soul and body.
Ephesians 2:3 – Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Psalms 51:5 – Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
1 Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Genesis 6:5 – And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.
Romans 8:7 – Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
One thing I’ve learnt about the unsaved self-righteous is that given half a chance (the right circumstances) they’re prone to turning into monsters who can see everyone else’s bad behaviour but are totally blind to their own. The Gospel of Personality adherents are blinded to their own flaws, mindset and hypocrisy – I know, I was once one of them, and they’re normally prone to quoting the following scripture :
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Under this doctrine, Saul (who became Paul) couldn’t have been saved :
Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
There had to be a dispensational change in order for Saul to be saved – by God’s grace, just as Abram the Gentile was saved by God’s grace alone :
Romans 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.