About 24 years ago I said the "sinners prayer" because I thought it was the right thing to do, but I still kept sinning and doing what I wanted to do. I was basically a "Lukewarm Christian." In 2013, I was living a fairly content life as a lukewarm Christian, then out of the blue, the Holy Spirit told me "your place is in Heaven, but you are not ready." I took that to mean that if I died in that moment I would not go to Heaven. I was shocked because I had a blind faith in Jesus since I was a child, I said the "sinner's prayer," and I was living a somewhat clean lifestyle, or so I thought. The Holy Spirit also told me that most so called "Christians" will not make it to Heaven, and even less Pastors will make it to Heaven. This was completely shocking to me and I was very upset by it. I asked God to show me how it is possible that most "Christians" will not go to Heaven, and this is what God has revealed to me . . .
The Road that leads to Heaven is
difficult and even lonely at times.
1) "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Luke 13:23-24
Let's Break it Down . . .
a. "strive to enter" . . . The Greek word for "strive" is agonizomai, implying an agonizing, intense, purposeful struggle. It is the same word used in 1 Corinthians 9:25 of an athlete battling to win a victory. It is a struggle, a battle, an extreme effort. There is almost a violence implied. And appropriately so, because entering the kingdom is like going into warfare.
b. "strait gate" . . . The word "strait" means "specified degree of trouble or difficulty" This means there is a difficult path that leads to this gate.
c. "for many" . . . many is defined as the "majority of the masses."
d. "seek to enter" . . . The word "seek" means, "to try and find or to search for." The people who are trying to find or search for Heaven are usually Christians. So this passage is specifically talking about so called "Christians." Other people don't usually seek to enter Heaven because other people are from other religions and don't necessarily believe in Heaven. Plus, there are many people who believe in God but never try to enter Heaven and just believe they will go there because they are good people.
We can sum up this scripture by saying . . .
God wants us to work hard to enter the Kingdom of Heaven for the path is very difficult, but the majority of Christians will try and enter, but they won't be allowed to.
2) “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye workers of iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23
Let's Break it Down . . .
a. "Many will say" . . . Many is defined as the "majority of the masses."
b. "Lord, Lord" . . . This scripture is mostly talking about Christians, because only Christians would refer to Jesus as "Lord."
c. "workers of iniquity" . . . Iniquity means, premeditated choice of sin or continuing sin without repentance
We can sum up this scripture by saying . . .
The majority of Christians will not make it into Heaven
because of their wilfull and unrepented sins.
Lukewarm Christians vs Devout Christians
I want to be clear that this article is referring to the difference between lukewarm Christians and devout Christians. Basically, devout Christians will probably make it into Heaven and Lukewarms Christians probably won't. The Bible is very clear that God is not happy with Lukewarm Christians . . . "“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." Revelation 3:16
God is saying that I wish you were an atheist or a muslim (cold) then a lukewarm Christian. God will vomit lukewarm Christians out of His mouth and no vomit is allowed into Heaven. Yet the vast majority of Christians in the world are lukewarm. This is the main reason why the vast majority of people who call Jesus, "Lord, Lord" (Christians) will not go to Heaven.
Isn't believing in Jesus good enough?
No. That is called "Easy Believism" and it is not scripturally sound. Most people get this idea from John 3:16 . . . "that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." This is true and this is the foundation of what Christianity is all about, but there is also the Grace of God. I cannot begin to tell you how many people believe that Jesus exists and yet they murder their spouses or are drunks, and full of greed, etc. We are saved by the Grace of God, through our faith in Jesus Christ. Just because a person believes in Jesus Christ, does not necessarily mean they have the Grace of God on their life.
Are you teaching "Works Salvation?"
No. Works salvation means that you can work your way into heaven, like being a good person or volunteering at the local soup kitchen. This is very wrong and the bible is very clear about this Ephesians 2:8-9 You are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ . . . not by works.
Do we choose Jesus or does He choose us?
Some scriptures elude to the fact that God chooses us, however, John 3:16 definitely states that Jesus died for everyone. Some of the most devout Christians, with the most powerful testimonials, were chosen by God. Why else would they have followed Jesus, when most of them hated God? Ultimately, God does not force us and we have to utter the words of repentance on our own. I feel that I personally have been chosen by God. God backed me into a corner and made me choose Him or the world and I gave in and chose Him. God is a very jealous and possessive God and He was not going to share me with the world anymore. Plus, He had a lot of things for me to do for Him and time could not be wasted. However, ultimately I did choose on my own, and had I not chosen him, there would have been devastating consequences for me for eternity. Jesus did die for everyone and if you feel that you are not being chosen by God, then pray to God to choose you and that you really want to dedicate your life to Him and He will hear your prayers and answer them. Countless Muslims who were content in their religion are now having dreams and visions of Jesus and then are dedicating their lives to Him. So, in that case, who chose who? Ephesians 1:3-6
How Many Christians Will Make it Into Heaven?
Only God knows a specific number, but the Holy Spirit keeps giving me an idea that it is under 10% of people claiming to be Christian. This makes sense because the majority of people claiming to be Christians are lukewarm and walk the same wide path that everyone else walks and scripture is very clear that they cannot make it into Heaven. There will be even fewer Pastors I am afraid, because God expects more of them and how well they lead their flock. Matthew 7:13-14
Why then do most Christians believe they will make it into Heaven?
There is a huge problem going on with Christianity and it is called the "sinners prayer." Massive amounts of people across the world attend an event or church and say a simple "sinners prayer." and believe that they are saved and will go to Heaven. The sinner's prayer" is not even mentioned in the Bible. Most people who truly and radically dedicate their life to Christ, never do it because of a "sinners prayer." They pray to God in repentance and have a "born again" experience. In fact, a study shows that only 10% of people who pray a sinners prayer, actually pursue Jesus in any way. 90% of them fall back into their old ways, but feel that they are justified now in their sins. This is one of the greatest causes of why Christians will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven and why the Holy Spirit told me I was not ready to enter Heaven a few years ago.
Will I go to Heaven if I attend a good church?
Not necessarily. This is another problem that will lead to the destructions of many so called Christians. There are definitely some very devout Christians that attend Church and will probably go to Heaven. However, attending church can sometimes give people the false security of thinking they will enter into Heaven when they die.
How do I truly know if I am going to Heaven?
Only God knows this answer. However, if you are a devout Christian and walk a narrow path of complete devotion to Jesus, it will show by the fruit that your life bears. The fruit you should be bearing is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruit."
Can God change his mind about who will enter Heaven?
This is very possible, although God has known who will enter Heaven before we were born. From what I understand is if someone becomes born again and repents and then dies the next day, he or she will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore their name was recorded in the Book of Life when they became Born Again. This may not be true for people who became born again and then lived another 5, 10, or 20 years with unrepentant sin. Scriptures show that a persons name can be blotted out of the Book of Life. Click on these scriptures for proof Revelation 3:4-5, Exodus 32:31-33, Psalm 69:27-28