This is from an email I received from a friend. She got it on a email list
The author to my knowledge is unknown but when I find it, I will give proper
Who will go to Heaven?
The most important subject there is, is salvation.
I want to use this time today to clarify for many out there, who will be in Heaven.
The salvation equation is very simple. It is: by God's grace, and our faith, plus NOTHING ELSE.
There is only ONE way to Heaven...personal faith in Jesus Christ. There
is only ONE road to Heaven. That means that the type of church you belong
to will not get you into Heaven, no amount of good works will get you into
Heaven, you cannot buy your way into Heaven...the only way to Heaven is
through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That is God's plan as
clearly He lays out in the Bible.
The church is a place where people should be able to find a personal
relationship with Christ, a place of fellowship, a place to be fed
spiritually, a place where people can use their talents to serve God.
Membership in a church WILL NOT get you into Heaven when you die. There are
many people who go through life doing wonderful things, helping people,
living good lives. There are no amount of good works you can do in this
lifetime to eliminate the sin we were all born with. Being a good person
WILL NOT get you into Heaven when you die. There is only one way to get to
Heaven, and that is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!
My friend, the message I want you to understand today is that God has made a
simple way for His fallen children to be reconciled back into an everlasting
relationship. Many have tried to complicate the issue of salvation. It is
actually very simple. Recognize that you are a sinner. Repent, turn away
from your sins and ask God to forgive you. Accept by faith Jesus Christ
into your heart and surrender your life to Him. Why Jesus? Because in
God's plan, it was His sacrifice that paid for our sins. You see, Jesus
already paid the price for our sins. That is why there are no amount of
good works, no amount of money, nothing you can do on your own because
He already paid the price.
Some ask about those who accept Christ on their deathbed, and how unfair it
is for them to go to Heaven after a life of sin and rebellion. First of
all, in perspective, this life is but a "vapor" as the Bible calls it, in
comparison with eternity. You have to remember that those who rebelled
during their life and come to Christ at the end, missed the joy, peace, and
blessings of this life and must have suffered greatly on the inside living
apart from God during those years on earth. The important fact is that like
you and me, they are sinners who are saved by God's grace.
Many ask about if you can lose your salvation. I am not going to get into
the age-old theological debate of "once saved always saved," but will share
my personal convictions from years of study of the Scripture and the
understanding of God I have. Part of the salvation equation is God's grace.
To lose your salvation means God would have to withdraw His grace. I have
never been able to get over the hurdle that God would take His grace away,
and of course the question becomes, at what point would He?
I personally believe that if you make a sincere commitment to Christ by
faith you are saved. If you rebel, you lose the blessings, the peace, the
joy this life can offer. Much like the prodigal son who never stopped being
His father's son, but lost out on the blessings of living in submission to his father.
He endured much pain and heartache for his rebellion. The bottom line though
is if you follow Christ, you will never have to worry about losing your salvation.
I love you and care about you deeply. I pray that this helps many of you
clarify in your mind and heart the most important issue of our
life...determining where we will spend eternity. If you are reading this
today, and do not have the assurance that you will spend eternity in Heaven,
or you have never accepted by faith Jesus Christ into your life, then let me
encourage you to do it today. The Bible tells us that TODAY is the day of
salvation. DON'T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE!!!
(The Romans Road to salvation)
We are all sinners
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and have comeshort of the glory of God."
We need to be saved
Romans 5:12 "Wherefore, As one manentered the world,
(Adam), and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that ALL
Jesus died that we might be saved
- Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Good news IF you believe
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth His love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
You need to be saved
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Jesus Christ: for it is power of God unto salvation to everyone who believeth.
Don't wait, today is your day!
Romans 10:9,10 " That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in
your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."