2001-05-25 - Sincerity Is Not Enough
(Mat 25:10-12 NASB) And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. "And later the other virgins also came, saying, "Lord, lord, open up for us." But he answered and said, "Truly I say to you, I do not know you."
The left-out virgins sincerely believed they were going to Heaven. They were stunned to find themselves separated from the Bridegroom. But they weren't ready. Some people sincerely believe that surely God wouldn't condemn someone who truly was convicted that he was going to Heaven, and we do get into murky theological territory here, since faith is a gift. However, we know there is only one way to eternal life.
(Mat 7:13-14 NASB) Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.
The Bible is unequivocal on this. We may have a problem with it, how God could send to Hell someone who honestly believes in his heart that he is honoring God by trusting that all people will be saved. But that's when we have to trust in the justice and love of our God, Who spared nothing to ensure that we can have eternal life with Him. God seeks out sinners, woos us. We know that He will provide to everyone an opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, but each person must do his part by accepting Him.
(Mat 18:14 NASB) Thus it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
And this should drive home to us the urgency of the Gospel, how crucial it is that we help spread the Story.
Dear Father, thank You that You want everyone to be saved. Please use us to spread the precious life-and-death message. In Jesus' name, amen.