Heaven isn’t for everyone

How often is the gospel misused to comfort the grieving? Amazingly, misusing scripture for temporary comfort is often what I believe has caused many of the falsehoods we see in Christianity today. “Don’t worry. He/She is in a better place now. They’re not suffering any longer.” Really? Is that so? Did they have faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ? “Well, no, but they were a good person.” No they weren’t. Sure, they may have been wonderful by the standards of society, they may have even been exemplary, but without faith in the one Jesus Christ who died for the sins of all, their suffering in life was mild compared to compared to the fires of Hell where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.  We try to comfort those in their time of grieving, but at what cost.  Those family and friends we mourn as we raise our drinks to the sky and say, “We’ll see you in a while, buddy.”  The more we propagate that false comfort, the more I fear we lose the gospel.  Many of our loved ones are burning in Hell right now.  What we need to do is accept that and not fluff our emotions with lies.  Give comfort to those who mourn by reminding them of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ rather than comfort them with a cheerful message that will potentially send them to Hell too.  Contrary to popular culture today, death is not a time of celebration.  It’s a time of mourning.  Let the people grieve.  Let them hear the true gospel.

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2 thoughts on “Heaven isn’t for everyone

  1. Pastor Nielsen says:

    You get it. I think that we are so anxious to give those who grieve this kind of false comfort just to comfort ourselves. People who are grieving make us uncomfortable, and so we’ll tell them anything just to get them to stop, not for their sake but for ours.


  2. Greg Eilers says:

    Brad, we might have come to realize that we have way different personalities, but when it comes to speaking the Word, we are the same: straight-shooters, who tell it the way it needs to be told.

    It is rare to read such clear talk about hell. Someone pointed out to me, years ago, that the Lord Jesus talked about hell more than He talked about heaven. What does that teach us?

    Obviously, you struck a nerve on me with this one, a vital topic to be sure. Keep up the good work. Keep the Law and the Gospel rightly divided and declared.


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