Summary: Ever noticed how when someone dies many people are quick to say that he or she is now in heaven? This sermon deals with that statement.
Are You Going To Heaven?
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
10He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon.
Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, "If you’ll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven."
The boy replied, "I don’t think I’ll be there... You don’t even know your way to the post office."
A teacher asked the children in her Sunday School class, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into heaven?"
"NO!" the children all answered.
"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?"
Again, the answer was "NO!"
"Well," she continued, "then how can I get to heaven?"
A five-year-old boy shouted out, "You gotta be dead!"
It bothers me when people are so quick to say
that someone who died is now in heaven.
It doesn’t matter that the deceased person
seldom or never went to church.
It doesn’t matter how that dead person lived his or her life.
It doesn’t matter if that person professed
that he or she didn’t believe in God.
All that matters to some
is that he or she was liked...maybe even loved by some people.
Is that consistent with what Jesus said?
Turn with me to Matthew Chapter 7
"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Now, is Jesus talking about heaven?
Well, turn to Luke Chapter 13.
And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And He said to them, 24"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
Does that sound like everybody goes to heaven?
NO! Jesus says "many will seek to enter and will not be able"...
and "there are few who find it!"
Most people agree that murderers, child molesters,...
rapists, drug pushers, and drunkards will end up in hell...
but everybody who is liked gets a free pass to heaven!
Willard Crandall had just received his seminary degree and accepted the call to become the pastor of a church in Ohio. The local newspaper carried the story of a new preacher coming to town. Shortly after he got settle in the little community, a man who never went to church died. The funeral director decided to give the new preacher a try. He called Willard and asked him to do the graveside service for the deceased. Willard quickly accepted. The funeral director stated that the graveside service would be held at a church cemetery located far out in the country. He gave Willard instructions on how to get to the cemetery.