This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #380 titled, “Only Bad People Go to Heaven and Many Good People Go to Hell” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Do good people go to Heaven?
Yes, they certainly would go to Heaven… if there were any people good enough!
People often say, “If I do the best I can and treat everyone fairly, I’ll go to Heaven.” But have any of us done the best we can or treated everyone fairly?
A religious leader in the Bible once asked Jesus Christ: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Without hesitation Jesus answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Has anyone fully kept this supreme law of God? The Bible answers in Romans 3:20 that no mortal can keep God’s law, nor can one reach Heaven by trying: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His [God’s] sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
When we compare our lives to God’s holy standards, all our good works—our morality, religion, charity, pleasing personality—fall far short of His absolute righteousness. The truth is: “There is none righteous, no, not one…”. We stand condemned by a holy God Who must judge our sin. We are sinners in need of a Savior.
It is impossible then for anyone to be good enough for Heaven. That is why the Son of God came to earth. The Lord Jesus said, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
On the Cross of Calvary Jesus opened the way for sinners to stand before a righteous God. There He suffered for our sins as the prophet Isaiah wrote: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
The Lord Jesus took the punishment for our sins so that we could be declared righteous before God. He “who knew no sin” bore our sins on the cross being made “sin for us… that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”.
Do “good” people go to Heaven? No! But through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, sinners like you and me can be sure of Heaven as our final destination.
Come to Jesus Christ today. Don’t try to prepare yourself for Heaven. Let Him prepare you and give you His gift of everlasting life.
If you believe that Jesus Christ died in your place and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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