Am I Going to Heaven?

A Christian wants to do and should do many things for the Lord. Keeping the Ten Commandments, gifts of charity, doing one's best, etc.; are all good things that a Christian should do for the Lord out of love and gratitude. But, these things should not be relied upon for salvation. Salvation is the work of God, given to us as a gift and should never be degraded by our attempts to purchase it with some type of work.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)

The following is a test to see what you might be basing your salvation on.

INSTRUCTIONS

Check below the item or items upon which you are basing your hopes for reaching Heaven after you die.

    1) Trying to keep the Ten Commandments
    2) Gifts to charity
    3) Doing one's best.
    4) Leading a good life.
    5) Good works.
    6) Trying to obey the Golden Rule.
    7) Tithing, or giving money to the church.
    8) Church membership.
    9) Regular church attendance.
    10) Prayers
    11) Fasting
    12) Baptism
    13) Holy communion
    14) Born of Christian parents
    15) Confirmation
    16) Penances
    17) Extreme unction
    18) Membership in a lodge or fraternity.

Now proceed to find out whether you are on the way to Heaven.

EXPLANATION

If you have checked:

No. 1 - you are definitely NOT on the way to Heaven. The Bible states unmistakably:

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)

"But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (Galatians 3:11)

No. 2, 3, or 4 - you are basing your hope on something, which, according to God's Word, will never save you.

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Titus 3:5)

No. 5, 6 or 7 - you will never see Heaven's golden streets, for the Bible states unmistakably:

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

No. 8, 9 10 or 11 - these things will NOT get you into Heaven either. Although these things are all good in themselves, and although they might seem to you to be sufficient to save you, yet God declares in His sacred Word:

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness' are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64:6)

No. 12 or 13 - you are being misled. Baptism and communion are for those who are already saved, for those who are true believers (Acts 2:41; 1 Corinthians 11:2, 23-32). These ordinances cannot save anyone and were never intended to do so.

No. 14 - you are resting your soul on a false hope. Children born into Christian homes need to be saved like anyone else. This is stated plainly in John 1:12, 13:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12, 13)

No. 15, 16, 17 or 18 - you need to learn the truth before it is too late. None of these things are even mentioned in the Bible. They are merely inventions of men and it is nothing short of ridiculous to hope to reach Heaven by any of these means.

Therefore, the inescapable conclusion is that the way to Heaven is not found in any one or in any combination of the items listed above. Even if you did all of these things, you would still fail in your attempt to enter Heaven's gates at last.

What, then, is the divinely ordained way of salvation? The bible gives a very definite answer. The one and the only means of spending eternity with God in Heaven is FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ALONE.

It was because man could not save himself by any means that God sent His only begotten Son to die as a substitute for sinners. If man could have achieved righteousness in some other way, then obviously the Savior need not have died.

When the Lord Jesus died on Calvary and rose again on the third day, He finished the work necessary for salvation. Now all that God requires is that we should feel our need of Him and receive Him as our Lord and Savior.

Thus we read over and over in the Bible that the way to Heaven is by believing on the Son of God.

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and the shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:31)

"He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)

Now the question is, "Will you accept God's way of salvation?" Will you renounce the "dead works" in which you are now trusting and base your hopes for Heaven from this time forward upon the finished work of Christ, God's Son?

The choice is yours. You may continue to trust in those things listed above. If so, you will go to a Christless grave and wake up in a lost eternity, destined to be separated from God in Heaven for all eternity. Or you may believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ and be saved.

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth NOT is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)

To accept God's gift of eternal life today, see The Answer

The above survey was taken from a track, "Am I Going to Heaven?" published by Elzinga Tract and Bible Ministry, P.O. Box 386, Galesburg, Mich. 49053-0386

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