Can I have faith in God and still not get into heaven?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Why is it important to be sure where you will spend eternity? Is the faith that people have in God going to get them into Heaven? Matthew 7 says, “I’m sorry. I never knew you,’ here’s what His message is.” What are two ways that Jesus talked about misplaced faith.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS1
Keywords: Faith, Good works, Matthew 7:21-23
Lutzer: You know, Jesus told that story in the seventh chapter of Matthew, and this is so important that I think what we should do is actually just read it.
Lutzer: It is enough to just take the wind out of your sails.
Ankerberg: I think the reason that we need to go to the Bible right now is that people would say, “Wait a minute, Erwin. I want to challenge you on that one. The fact is, I can have faith in God and still not get in?” That’s what the Bible says.
Lutzer: And you know, John, it’s even more scary than that. You can actually have faith in Christ and not get in.
Ankerberg: Alright. Read the verse and let us in on it.
Lutzer: Here it is. Jesus is speaking in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. 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 evil doers.”
Here are people who did the kind of miracles that actually helped people. I mean, there’s every evidence that apparently they did cast out demons, they did miracles; maybe some of their prophecies came to pass, and they were fully expecting to get into Heaven. These are not the kind of people, you know, who come into church late and sit in the back row and leave before the Benediction. These are the kind of people who are up-front spiritually. And if we think to ourselves, “Well, yes, but you know, they were fakes. They were just, you know, some people who were off the edge,” I don’t think that’s the point. I think that what Jesus wants to say is that if people who had such confidence and who had ministries in this life will have the door of Heaven slammed into their faces, think of the number of ordinary folks like us who aren’t going to make it.