Thursday, July 9, 2009

Are We All Going To Heaven?

Are We All Going to Heaven???

When was the last time you heard a preacher preach a sermon about hell? We have a nation of shepherds who are giving their sheep what they want instead of what they need. I don't think it should always be fire and brimstone but I've taken notice that Jesus spoke far more about hell in the gospels than he did heaven.
The very thought of hell has been so far removed from our churches and our culture that the belief is now prevalent that no one, absolutely no one goes to hell. I wish it were so and I certainly understand why people would like to believe that but its not what my Bible teaches. Listen to what Jesus had to say about people going to heaven or hell... "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." - Matt. 7:13-14
In the very same chapter Christ admonishes us to "Judge not that you be not judged." It is He and He alone who can determine who goes to heaven or who goes to hell. With that in mind, I have no opinion about the destination of the many celebrities and famous people who have passed away recently. Where is Ed McMahon, Steve McNair, Billy Mays, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson now? Only God knows. This one thing we do know: Being nice, being charitable, being kind or being good doesn't get us to heaven. Hell is full of nice, charitable, church-going, good people. What gets us to heaven is a sincere confession of our sins and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior of our soul. If those who have recently passed were truly converted they are surely in heaven today.
A quick review of the political cartoonists reveal a worldview that indicates a belief that everyone goes to heaven. But Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" Matthew 7:21

1 comment:

  1. i would have to agree. i believe that if you have truly accepted Christ as you Lord and savior then you are going to go to Heaven. As you mentioned in the article i also believe that if anyone in that list of celebrities were saved then they are in Heaven right now. No matter what they did or didn't do in their time here on earth. i believe that our God is God of forgiveness and second chances and He forgives us when we have done wrong and He will not strip us of our salvation.