I imagine that on Judgment Day (for most people) it will not be a pretty sight (Read Revelation 20:11-15). Every one of us will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ alone, with no one there but ourselves standing face to face with God Almighty!
In that day, it won’t matter that the “Pope” or “Bishops” said (as they did recently) that homosexuals have “positive aspects” to offer Christians or that they could see “the constructive elements” in couples choosing to live together in fornication (sex outside of marriage) either, because the Word of God says no such thing! You will not be excused into Heaven because your “Pastor,” “Priest” or the person you looked up to spiritually failed to mention the truth from the Word of God (I Timothy 4:1-2) or because you failed to find the truth in the Bible for yourself! (2 Timothy 2:15)
There will be those who think that God will accept them with open arms on that day, who will be terribly disappointed. There will be all types of reasons and every excuse under the sun as to why God should let them into Heaven. People will say things such as:
“But Lord my pastor said…”
“God, my friends did it too!”
“I went to church every Sunday.”
“I gave to charity and tried to live a good life.”
“I taught Sunday school.”
“I never hurt nobody.”
“I thought I would have more time!”
“I thought you were supposed to be all loving and forgiving?”
“But Lord the pope said…”
“No one ever told me this!”
“I was so busy Lord…”
“I should of…I should of…but I didn’t.”
And about a million more excuses you can think of. The Bible even gives us an example in Matthew 7:22-23 as to what some will say.
“Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in the name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess onto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”
Did you know that the word ‘iniquity” can literally be translated into lawlessness or the transgression of God’s Law (I John 3:4)?
I’m sure there are many nice people in Hell today. I’m sure there are many people who had good intentions in Hell today. I am sure everyone there would give anything to go back and do it all over again… but they can’t. Just ask the rich man who went to Hell (Read Luke 16:19-31).
Their sin has made a separation between them and the goodness of God. Their punishment is everlasting torment in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, and they can never go back.
It’s too late for them, but as you are reading this right now, it’s not too late for you!
The Bible says in Revelation 21:8,
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
What will be your end? Are you a part of the list that you just read? Or did you find yourself repeating the same excuses mentioned above as to why you did not perform God’s will on earth and love and serve the Lord sincerely with all your heart, mind, soul and strength?
Are you just too busy? Is the football game that important? Is it the love of the world and your flesh that will bring you down (literally) and be your destruction in the end?
As a side note, let me be perfectly clear. We do not serve God because we are afraid that we will go to Hell if we don’t. We serve God because we see ourselves as violators of His Holy Law (the 10 Commandments – Exodus 20) and criminals in His sight.
We see that we are unworthy, sinful, and undeserving of God’s mercy in Christ. However, by God’s amazing grace, we have a Savior who stepped in to pay our fine (as criminals in the court room before the ultimate Judge), and now God can lawfully dismiss our case because of what Jesus did for us on the cross!
Through Godly sorrow and repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10 – which means to turn from our sins) of our sins and through the precious blood of Christ, we have been washed in His blood (Revelation 1:5), forgiven, and made clean through the power of the cross.
Now that we have been saved, what have we been saved for? It is to do God’s will!
Matthew 7:21 says,
“Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven.”
Not your will, not your friend’s will, not your spouse’s will, but my will says the Lord in Scripture. Let this be a wakeup call for some of you! Let this be an encouragement for some of you who are traveling this hard and lonely road on the path to Heaven. But most importantly, let this be the day that you say as Jesus said in Luke 22:42, “…not My will, but Thine, be done.”
Your life is much better in His hands, than your own. The bottom line is that Hell is for real and Heaven is for real and where you will spend your eternity depends upon the path you have chosen to walk.