sorry but that is gravely erroneous.
It is impossible for a new human to do anything sufficient to merit entry to Heaven. That is a place where nothing can enter that is not 100% Holly and pure.
I know we are not on topic but it would be beneficial for our Protestant friend OP to have the clear view of this aspect since it is raised. I welcome correction, but I think that Denise is not really in grave error by that comment.
We are all in ageement that none of our works or faith earns passage into heaven… but by the grace we are called to grow holy, thereby meriting eternal life. Grace calls us into action to co operate with it. If we are not moved to good works and repentence, we have not co operated with the freely given and unmerited grace of God.
As Paul said to the Romans (2:6-11) “God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.”
And to be clear, Matthew 7:21 says " “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
So perhaps you could say that like a child who through no effort of his own, is invited into a family by his birth… to merit the rich happiness of family life, he must grow in selflessness and generosity (and other virtues). That is a reality of human freedom. We are free to cooperate with with the gift of our family but we are also free to turn our backs on that rich gift.
edit: Oh I see Denise has responded already.