Can You Who Confess With Your Mouth and Believe in Your Heart Enter the Heavenly Kingdom?

Nowadays, earthquakes, fires, floods, plagues of insects, epidemics and other disasters are growing ever greater, and just in recent weeks the novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world. Faced with these disasters, many believers think that, having accepted the Lord Jesus’ salvation of the cross, as long as they acknowledge the Lord with their mouths and believe in Him in their hearts then they are saved. They believe that as long as they pray and read the Bible lots and have faith in the Lord, then the Lord will protect them from the disasters, and they will immediately be raised up into the kingdom of heaven when He returns, for as the Bible says: “For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation” (Romans 10:10). But is this belief really correct? Does it accord with the Lord’s will? Let’s explore this together.

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Can We Be Raised Up Into the Heavenly Kingdom Through Justification By Faith?

We believe that we can be justified by our faith, that we can be saved by our faith, and that by frequently reading the Bible and praying, we will be raised up into the kingdom of heaven. But did the Lord Jesus ever say such a thing? If this belief accorded with the Lord’s will, why then did He say, “Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? and in Your name have cast out devils? and in Your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21–23). We can see from the Lord’s words that some of those who acknowledge the Lord Jesus with their mouths and believe in Him in their hearts, who read the Bible, pray, and expend themselves and suffer for the Lord, are evil-doers, and because these people do evil and resist God, they will ultimately be abandoned and eliminated by God, and they will be unable to enter into God’s kingdom. The Lord Jesus told us clearly that those who enter the kingdom of heaven must be those who do the will of the heavenly Father, meaning those who follow God’s way, who cast off sin, and who are able to submit to God, love God and revere God. We therefore have to ask ourselves: Though we may appear to do lots of good deeds, have we cast off sin and attained purification? Actually, we are still capable of involuntarily sinning and then confessing, and we are unable to follow God’s words, so could the Lord praise such people as us? It is therefore evident that the belief that we will be protected from the disasters and finally raised up into the kingdom of heaven because we acknowledge the Lord with our mouths, believe in Him in our hearts, and read the Bible and pray lots, is wrong.

The Path to Being Praised by God and Entering Into the Kingdom of Heaven

There are old prophecies in the Bible concerning the path to stop sinning and enter into God’s kingdom. Let’s take a look and see what the Bible says. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin to salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son. … And has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man” (John 5:22–27). “He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). 1 Peter 4:17 says, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth.” We can see from these verses that when the Lord returns in the last days, He will become flesh again to express the truth and perform the work of judgment beginning with God’s house. With the truth, He will judge and purify all who come before Him once and for all, and He will purify these people of their sins and make them fit to enter the kingdom of God — this is the salvation in the last days God has prepared for us. Only by accepting God’s salvation in the last days and undergoing His judgment can we be forever saved and become purified by God.

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