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Heaven


Can I know I’m going to heaven? The answer is YES! Here’s how:

  • Admit that you are a sinner from birth

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one” – Romans 3:10

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23

  • Understand that the consequence of in-born sin is eternal separation from God

“For the wages of sin is death” – Romans 6:23a

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” -Revelation 20:14-15

  • Know that we have a merciful God who gave His only Son to reconcile Himself to us

“but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – Romans 6:23b

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” – John 3:16-17

  • Receive Christ as Savior by explicitly calling upon His name

“WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” – Romans 10:13

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12

You can make this decision to turn from your sin and call out Him anywhere, right where are! You do not have to be in a church. Just bow your head and pray something like “God, I know I have sinned, and there is nothing I can do to make myself good enough to stand in your presence. I accept the awesome gift of your Son as payment my sins so I can be with you for eternity.”

Time is running out! You do not have any promise of tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation!


Excuses & Misunderstandings

Maybe you don’t think it can be that easy. Here are some common excuses and misunderstandings about the good news of Jesus Christ.

  • I do many good things

The Bible says…

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Good works are good, but they cannot save your soul. When a policeman catches you speeding, it won’t matter how safely you usually drive; you broke the law this time, and you’ll have to pay for it. Good works won’t negate a speeding ticket, and they won’t negate your sin before God. And if doing good things was enough, then why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

  • I go to church

The Bible says…

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. (Luke 18:10-14a)

Two men went to church. Only one had a right relationship with God. Being in church accomplished nothing for the Pharisee, and if that’s what you’re depending on for your salvation, it won’t accomplish anything for you, either. Anyone can walk into a church building at the right time on the right day and attend a religious service; how can that qualify you for Heaven?

  • I’m a member of my church

The Bible says…

…absolutely nothing about this!

When Jesus was on earth, He never said a word about church membership. If that was the way to Heaven, wouldn’t He have said something about it? Sorry, but that’s a man-made idea, not from God. Someone once said that “going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger.”

  • Mary will take me safely there (heaven)

The Bible says…

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2:5)

Either Paul was writing the truth when he penned these words, or the Bible contains a mistake. Mary gave exactly one command in the entire Bible, and that is in John 2:5 – “Do whatever He tells you.” She wants us to obey Jesus, not herself, or someone would have said so in Scripture. Anyone who says differently is contradicting the Bible.

  • We’re all going to Heaven

The Bible says…

“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. (Matthew 7:13-14)

These words of Jesus don’t make it sound like we’re all going to the same place, do they? There is a road that leads to life, and a road that leads to destruction. Which road are you on?

  • I’ve been baptized

The Bible says…

…in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Peter 3:20b-21)

This verse has confused many. Note that water didn’t save Noah; he was saved through it (out of it), not by it. Likewise, baptism can’t save you; you’re saved “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Baptism is the pledge of a good conscience toward God, but how can your conscience be good toward God if your sin hasn’t been dealt with? Baptism is a good work, and Ephesians 2:8-9 says that our good works cannot save us. Don’t gamble your eternity on a sprinkle of water. You’ll lose.

  • I keep the sacraments

The Bible says…

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy (Titus 3:5a)

Some of the sacraments are described in the Bible; others are totally absent from God’s Word. Either way, they have no power to save us, because it’s God’s mercy that saves us, not our righteous acts. If we can work our way into Heaven by our own actions, then Christ died for nothing. The fact that He endured six agonizing hours on a cross He didn’t deserve, suggests that His sacrifice was the only way, and the rest of Scripture bears this out.

  • A loving God would not send anyone to Hell

The Bible says…

If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)

A loving God does not want anyone to go to Hell. He has provided a way for anyone to escape such a fate. But a just and perfect God cannot allow sin into His presence. If you reject the way to Heaven that God has provided, then you are sending yourself to Hell. The choice is yours; don’t blame God.

  • I’ll repent on my deathbed

The Bible says…

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)

You have no guarantee that you will get a deathbed. People are suddenly killed in auto accidents, house fires, violent crime; they are struck down by heart attacks and embolisms. Many who make it to their deathbeds are mentally incapacitated by strokes and Alzheimer’s. How do you know you’ll have a chance to make things right with God “later?” The time to make things right with God is right now, because right now is all you can be sure you’ve got.

  • I pray all the time

The Bible says…

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, even while for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you shall receive greater condemnation. (Matthew 23:14)

Jesus spoke those words to the Pharisees of His day, but they apply to us today as well. The fact that you pray a lot means nothing to God if your heart is far from Him. No matter how long, how frequently, or how fervently you say your prayers, those prayers won’t bring you one step closer to Heaven. If anyone can gain access to God by “saying the magic words,” regardless of his/her position before God, that would be unjust of Him, and God cannot be unjust.

  • I’m better than a lot of “religious” people.

The Bible says…

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

Finding someone who’s worse than you doesn’t make you any better, especially when God’s standard is perfection. Hell is filled with “religious” people; if you wind up next to them, will it be any comfort knowing you were better than they were on Earth? In God’s eyes, sin is sin, and no one is any better than any other. We’ve all missed the mark and fallen short of His perfection, and the degrees of difference between one sinner and another won’t make the difference between Heaven and Hell.

  • God’s Spirit is on me

The Bible says…

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:22-23)

This may surprise many who seek spiritual gifts, but the presence of such gifts is not proof of salvation. This verse says so. It doesn’t matter if you speak in tongues, prophesy, laugh in the Spirit, or heal the sick; your soul may still be on the wide road to eternal destruction.

  • I prayed a sinner’s prayer

The Bible says…

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” (Isaiah 29:13)

Many religions have ritual prayers for various reasons, and God is impressed with none of them if the person praying does not have a right relationship with Him. The words that come out of your mouth have no power to save your soul. A sinner’s prayer is supposed to be an outward expression of your heart-attitude toward God, and if your heart was nowhere near God when you prayed it, it was nothing but empty words, launched into the air to land nowhere.

  • I don’t deserve to go there

The Bible says…

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

You’re right. You don’t deserve to go to Heaven. You’re wise to realize this. But that’s no obstacle for an all-powerful, loving God. He has made a way for your sins to be paid for so you can go to be with Him, in spite of your unworthiness.