JOHN DOE AND HIS JUDGMENT?-BY STEVE FINNELL
Have men been given the authority to judge John Doe? Is John Doe's eternal destiny the responsibility of man's judgment? Some believe they have that authority.
1. John Doe was a good man, he loved his family, was faithful to his wife, never mistreated his children, and never took the first drink of alcohol. John gave money to the poor and visited the sick. John never confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior. John Doe was an unbeliever. Men have made the judgment that he will go to heaven because he was a good man.
Ephesians 2:8:9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
John 8:24 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He you will die in yours sins.
Is it right to pass judgment on John Doe and send him to heaven? No it is not!
2. John Doe confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior on his deathbed, however, he did not have time to be baptized in water. Men say, John is in heaven because he ran out of time.
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Have men been given the power to determine that John Doe will be in heaven even though he failed to meet God's requirements for the forgiveness of his sins? Should men pass judgment on John Doe and send him to heaven? No they should not.
3. John Doe became a Christian forty years ago, however, for the last thirty years John has been an unrepentant fornicator, a drunkard, a homosexual, and a thief. Men say, John died without repenting of those sins and is now in heaven. They say, he is in heaven because he was saved and once saved always saved.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators....nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves....nor drunkards...will inherit the the kingdom of God.
Do men have jurisdiction over the entrance to the kingdom of God? Can men pass judgment on unrepentant sinners, like John Doe, and send them to heaven? No they cannot.
CAN MEN PASS JUDGMENT ON THE JOHN DOES OF THIS WORLD AND SEND THEM TO HEAVEN?
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.