A few years back we (Journey Church) took a survey of the people in our community. It started with a rented booth at the mall and ended with us knocking on many hundreds of doors within a several mile radius of the church. There were just three questions and we recorded all the answers: 1. Do you believe there is a heaven and a hell? 2. In your understanding, what determines a person’s destination (heaven or hell) after death? 3. If you were to die today, would you go to heaven or hell? Some people were greatly offended by these questions. Some people avoided them. Some people argued the existence of God or the deity of Jesus. Some people didn’t care. Our results showed, however, that the overwhelming majority of people in this area simply didn’t understand the Gospel. The vast majority of people we spoke with gave us some form of “I’m just trying to be a good person” or said that consistently going to church would get them to heaven. This is frightening. In a city with a church literally on every corner, still most people believe their own good works will save them from the fire of hell. If you only ever hang around “church people” It is easy not to believe this. Truth is, these people will not know the truth, that JESUS is the only way, if you do not tell them. A few simple verses will be your guide, keep these close: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:16, John 14:6, Romans 5:8.
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