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Issues That Can Keep People Out Of Heaven
‘Jesus said, “Unless one is born-again they cannot see the Kingdom of God … I assure you most solemnly
(seriously), unless one is born of water and of the Holy Spirit they cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is
born of the flesh is flesh; what is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not (do not be surprised or astonished) at
My telling you, you must all be born anew from above’” (John 3:3 to 7).
‘Stand firm in the faith, for it is through many tribulations (afflictions, pressures, hardships, persecution, trials) we must enter the Kingdom of God’ (Acts 14:22).
‘Blessed are those who obey His commandments. They have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city’ (Revelation 22:14).
Jesus said, “Enter (the Kingdom of God) through the narrow gate, for wide (open) is the gate that leads to destruction (hell), and many are those who are entering (into hell) through it. But the gate (to heaven) is narrow and the way that leads to eternal life is straitened (restricted), and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:13 & 14). In this verse, Jesus was inferring there are far more people going to hell than to heaven. ‘Many’ people are going to hell, and only a ‘few’ find their way to heaven. There are many issues confronting people in the world today and the deception of some teachings can keep people away from God and thus out of heaven. When people reject God and are involved in wickedness, sometimes He will send a delusion.
‘Therefore God sends them an error so they might believe a lie … because they took pleasure in unrighteousness’ (2 Thessalonians 2:11 & 12).
The whole Bible is the Word of God, written down as He inspired His prophets (2 Timothy 3:16 & 17), therefore we must obey all His commandments. In the Old Testament the Jews and the few Gentiles who accepted God, had to sacrifice animals for forgiveness of sin. Jesus changed all that when He became our ultimate Sacrificial Lamb. Jesus came and laid down for mankind a new set of rules for entering heaven. The way to get into heaven is to believe in God, accept Jesus is the Son of God and is our Saviour and the Rock of our salvation. We need to repent, be baptised in water by full emersion, be filled with the Holy Spirit, serve the Lord and we must believe the truth of the whole Bible. All sin will be forgiven if people repent. If people do not repent and continue to live in their sin, they could miss out on the Kingdom of God. Being a Christian is more than being a holy person on earth; it is God’s plan for humans for eternity. If we refuse to accept God’s plan of salvation, we will be separated from Him forever. There is no other way of salvation. We will list
a few issues that could result in people loosing their salvation:
Sexual immorality of all persuasions … God created sex for marriage and all sex outside of marriage is sin and all those who practice such things are worthy of eternal death (Romans 1:24 to 32).
Unbelief … If we do not believe God sent His Son Jesus, then we cannot be saved and therefore, cannot get into heaven. ‘They were not able to enter in because of unbelief’ (Hebrews 3:19).
Smoking, alcoholism and illegal drugs can keep people so bound by the addiction they have enormous difficulty finding God. If they do become Christian and keep ingesting drugs, the addiction can have a detrimental effect on their walk with the Lord. It is not possible to grow as a Christian when we are giving in to sin. ‘Be not drunk with wine for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18). We need to glorify God in our bodies (2 Corinthians 5:10) – so if it does not glorify God – for your own sake, you need to give it up. Jesus said we must deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24).
Another issue that can keep people out of God’s will and therefore His Kingdom is rebellion and stubbornness. Some people find submitting to God’s will extremely difficult and they want to ‘do their own thing’, and thus it can cause them to miss out on going to heaven. They really do not want to hand over their will to God, and as a Christian we must have the attitude like Jesus did, “Not my will Lord, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
Rock music is sometimes so evil it takes an evil heart to appreciate it. If we want to grow as a Christian we will need to get all secular music out of our life. There is no secular music that glorifies God, therefore as a Christian we should not fill our mind with it. Secular music lyrics are usually negative and can bring a negative atmosphere, and therefore induce depression, rebellion and sometimes even thoughts of suicide.
There is a host of various types of good Christian music that can be enjoyed by all Christians wanting to edify themselves by hearing the Word of God in song. So-called ‘Christian’ rock music is not Christian at all.
It is a deception by the devil to get people ‘hooked’ so they will not listen to truly edifying music that does glorify God. If the music you listen to does not glorify God – for your own sake, do not listen to it. We need to listen to Psalms, hymns and Spiritual songs that make melody in our hearts (Ephesians 5:19). In other words, we need to listen to music that glorifies God and edifies us.
‘The Holy Spirit says expressly, in later times some will fall away from the faith paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons’ (1 Timothy 4:1). ‘The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but having itching ears will heap up for themselves teachers after their own desires and will turn away their ears from the Truth and turn aside to untruths’ (2 Timothy 4:3 & 4). Some major issues that keep people’s interest on worldly things and off God’s chosen way for mankind are evolution, pseudo ‘Christian’ religions, the occult, false religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikh-ism, Scientology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Raeleans, witchcraft/warlocks, Wicca, the occult, Satanism, Reiki, Yoga, idolatry, Jainism, Confucianism, Zen, Freemasonry, order of the skull and bones, Fabianism, Rosicrucians, astrology, teacup reading, compilers and readers of horoscopes, ‘Christian’ science, special interest and minority groups that have hijacked reality. The New Age movement would have brought many people to the brink of a lost eternity. Believing in a so-called new age or the ‘Age of Aquarius’ is denying the Sovereignty of God. We can never be gods and will never be gods. We are created beings, made by God for His purposes and plans for eternity. Meditations other than meditating on the Bible is going the wrong way and those who practice all of the above need to repent of their sin or they will perish. They cannot enter the Kingdom of God. All of these beliefs are doctrines that demons teach. All of these false religions and beliefs lead away from God, and thus away from heaven. It is a sad fact, but to comprehend the scripture regarding the wide and narrow gates, is to understand that only a few will find their way to heaven and most people will end up in hell, and after the final judgement – the lake of fire. Anybody who believes in any of these things are headed for eternity without God unless they repent of believing in these untruths and turn to God the Father.
Have a look at the website (not our website, but another) called ‘The Great Global Warming Hoax’ for more details about how the whole world is being deceived by a few unbelievers in the scientific world and people in the media with their own evil agenda. The world heats and cools in its own regular cycles and has done since creation. It is normal and not to be feared. Missing out on heaven is far more of a problem than warm weather! Evolution is another lie from the devil and is completely contrary to scripture. The first two chapters of Genesis tells us all about the creation story. It is a true story because the Bible is a book of truth, written by Jewish men who were inspired by God. There is no room for compromise. The Bible is the truth and evolution is a lie. For more information about creation, browse the website called ‘Answers in Genesis’. See answersingenesis.org The fairly modern phenomenon regarding UFO’s is deceiving thousands of people. The Old and New Testaments in the Bible talk about other creations other than the human race and animals on earth, but mankind is the one and only creation to ever be given a Saviour. There are divine armies that are invisible to our sense of sight, who come to earth when the Lord asks them to. Angels are the Lord’s messengers to minister to His people (Hebrews 1:14) and sometimes Christians do see them, but only when the Lord chooses to open their spiritual eyes so they can see them (2 Kings 6:17). Some people have had angels visit them (Luke 1:11; 1:26), some people see angels in dreams (Matthew 1:20; 2:19), sometimes angels eat meals with people without the people knowing they are with angels (Hebrews 13:2). Born-again Christians can and do speak in the languages of angels (1 Corinthians 13:1) but we cannot focus our attention on angels, we need to focus our attention on Jesus. More scriptures that describe other creations in heaven can be found in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation. We see there are things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, thrones, dominions, rulers, authorities (Colossians 1:16), and wicked things in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). There are evil beings that are lurking around on the earth and in the air (Ephesians 2:2). They can do things to delude people who refuse to acknowledge the Truth (2 Thessalonians 2:9 to 10).
Those evil beings will end up in eternal fire (2 Peter 2:4). Do not allow yourself to head for destruction, but accept Jesus as your Saviour without delay.
The Apostle Paul was taken up into the third heaven and heard things that he could not describe (2 Corinthians 12:2 to 4), so we know there is at least three levels of heaven. All other creations that do not live in the third heaven and above, do not have a way of salvation and are doomed if they sin (Jude 1:6).
Certainly some can move around the first and second heavens (the upper atmosphere) as the scriptures tell us, and they appear to be able to ‘do wondrous things’ (Matthew 24:24), but they cannot touch nor hurt a Christian who is covered and justified by the redemptive blood of Jesus. UFO’s are real, and they are also really evil. The so-called UFO sightings will increase as evil on the earth increases, but they will never, ever take over the earth. God will not let that happen. All they can do is deceive, delude and frighten people.
Some foolish people like to believe – and they actually pretend – UFO’s are more than they really are. To embrace UFO’s, is to embrace evil. Science fiction regarding the universe is almost always utterly evil. One only has to look at the ‘faces’ of the so-called ‘aliens’ in the movies to see that. The current Mir space station that is being regularly added to, is not of God and one day He will destroy it because He created the earth to be inhabited, not space (Isaiah 45:18). If UFO’s frighten you then perhaps you need to accept Jesus as your Saviour. Only He can save us and protect us from all the evil that will be coming on the whole earth. Jesus said not to allow ourselves to be misled (Matthew 24:4; Mark 13:22).
How can we be saved? How can we live without fear? How can we enter heaven? The one and only way to enter heaven when we die is by becoming a Christian and accepting Jesus as our personal Messiah and Saviour. Absolutely nobody can enter heaven except first we repent of our sins and false beliefs and accept God’s provision for salvation. The Bible says God has provided the one and only way of eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and nobody comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6).
‘Those who believe in the Son of God has Jesus’ testimony within them. They who do not believe God, has made Him out to be a liar because they have not believed the evidence that God has given regarding His Son. This is the testimony: God gave us eternal life and this Life is in His Son. They who have the Son, has that Life. They who do not have the Son of God, do not have that Life’ (1 John 5:10 to 12).
If you are involved in any of the false religions mentioned above, or if you are involved in any belief other than Christianity, then you need to repent, turn away from the false beliefs and ask the Lord God our Father and His Son Jesus into your life. That is the one and only way to get into heaven. To believe in a false religion is to disbelieve the truth. You believe in a doctrine taught by demons, spoken by the father of lies, the devil (John 8:44). Even a ‘religious’ person can be kept out of heaven by trusting in their religion, rather than trusting in Jesus. We can read in all the four Gospels how the religious people of Jesus’ time (the scribes, Sadducees and Pharisees) mocked Him, were hostile to Him, and we can also read Jesus’ anger towards their strong religious beliefs. Jesus said our righteousness must be more than that of the religious people or we will never enter heaven (Matthew 5:20). Jesus said ‘woe to them’ for their sin was keeping them and others out of heaven (Matthew 23:13 to 29).
Another false ‘god’ that can keep people out of heaven is sport. Have you noticed how the fans stand, raise their arms in the air then bow en masse to the sports team? That is idolatry. The people are worshipping the ‘god’ of sport. We cannot serve two masters. Either they will serve the sports team or they will serve God. If they are worshipping the ‘god’ of sport by raising their hands and bowing, then it is impossible for them to be worshipping the Lord God at the same time. They all need to repent and turn to God. Playing sport is not a sin. In fact it is good for our health and is good for enhancing self-discipline. It is the worship of sport that is wrong and it is the love of sport that is wrong. We need to love the Lord with all our hearts, all our soul, all our minds and all our strength (Mark 12:30). We can enjoy sport, but we must love the Lord.