It seems every funeral I go to the deceased is said to be in heaven or at the very least in "a better place". It doesn't matter how much they snubbed their noses at God and the things of God, they are in heaven.
Here's a newsflash - NOT EVERYONE WHO DIES WILL GO TO HEAVEN! I wish things were different but that's the reality. We are given a free will and with that free will we choose whether or not we have a relationship with God.
Let's look at the words of Jesus, Himself, shall we?
Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23 "Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it....Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord!' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophecy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name? Then I will announce to them, 'I never knew you! Depart from Me you lawbreakers" (literally - you who work lawlessness).
Wow! These are some pretty stern words from Jesus, Himself. He got straight to the point. There are a lot of religious people doing a lot of religious things, even invoking the name of Jesus. Yet He doesn't know them. That is, He has no personal relationship with them. Without that relationship with Jesus, it doesn't matter how many good things you do or who you do them for. It doesn't matter how many sermons you preach (yes, there are without a doubt "preachers" who are not saved), how many lessons you teach or how much money you give. If haven't been through the blood of Jesus you are lost and bound for hell.
Of course, its always possible that the deceased could have had a death bed repentance and given their life to Jesus. Who am I to question that. That is between them and God. Only eternity will reveal these things.
I encourage you today, don't wait until its too late to give your life to Jesus. Don't allow the "preacher" to lie at your funeral. Make certain you have received Jesus as your Savior and then make Him your Lord and follow after Him.
You see, hell is real. Hell is hot. Hell is for all eternity for those who don't know Jesus.
There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun!
Until next time...enjoy the journey.
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