Getting into heaven

I believe some folks who call themselves Christians are going to be sorely disappointed on the night they hear The Midnight Cry. https://youtu.be/GhF3nXw8kIo

A recent social survey claimed that 70% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. I don’t think Frank Sinatra made the cut. When he knocked on the Pearly Gates on May 14, 1988 I doubt (but don’t know) if he got in.

Sinatra was the poster child for independent living. In fact he immortalized the independent lifestyle in his signature song, “I did it my way.” Doing things his way was how he lived his whole life. Here’s just one verse of his song:

Yes, there were times I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I think lots of folks are living the independent lifestyle today like Sinatra did. And are still convinced they’re still going to heaven.

I know them. I see the choices they make. I see how they’re living. Some of them are well-to-do. Ask them what they think will happen to them when they die. They can’t give a clear answer or they tell you they’ll probably return to dust or they’ll probably just go to heaven like everyone else.

Some of them (and I know one) think that their religion can include psychics and fortune tellers and crystals and golden calfs and spirits (but not the Holy Spirit) and religious paraphernalia, and doctrines from other religions, rituals, and combinations of all manor of religious beliefs and customs. And the more they can stuff into their religion pouch the more religious they believe they are and believe that their performance and beliefs will punch their ticket to heaven.

Then we have those religious folks who believe the more they do for the Lord and for other people and read their Bibles 30 minutes a day and pray 15 minutes every day and go to church at least two Sundays a month and tithe and try to be a good Christian they’ll be accepted by God and get their ticket punched to get into heaven.

We can’t get to heaven by works, because God doesn’t pick favorites. To be accepted into heaven you must admit you’re a sinner, ask for forgiveness, admit that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose again, and ask Him to have a relationship with you. 

You have to have a personal relationship with Jesus

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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