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Who will be in heaven?

While there may be others we don't know of who God has created or will create in the future, we know the following will be in heaven: God himself (Deut. 26:15; Matt. 6:9); all God's people—covered by Christ's blood—from earth who have died (Rev. 4-5; Luke 16:22, 25; Heb. 12:23); righteous angels (Luke 2:15; Matt. 28:2; Heb. 12:22).

For more information on this subject, see Randy Alcorn's book Heaven.

Why Are There Different Doctrines in Different Churches?

churchQuestion from a reader:

I am a newer believer and sometimes get frustrated over all of the different doctrines in various churches. Can you help me sort these out?

Why can one only be saved if he is obedient? Is this not works salvation?

In regards to your article on evangelism by Tozer in your newsletter, I wonder why one can only be saved if he is obedient? Is this not works salvation?

The only obedience that is necessary for salvation is yielding to the requirements of the gospel (John 3:16, Acts 16:30,31). What Tozer is pointing out is that obedience is the evidence, not the basis, of salvation. If Christianity is indeed a relationship instead of a religion, how is it possible to be unchanged by contact with the holy, awesome, personal Creator of the Universe? James addresses the same ...

Why did you start writing fiction?

Some Christians view fiction as the opposite of truth. But sometimes it opens eyes to the truth more effectively than nonfiction.

Why didn’t God send Jesus to the earth to die right after Adam and Eve sinned?

Question from a reader:cross

Why didn’t God send Jesus to the earth to die right after Adam and Eve sinned? Why did God wait all that time between Adam and Eve and the cross?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

I don’t mean to be trite or cute, but after having considered who God is, the answer to this question is “because God didn’t want to.” Just trying to understand what God has revealed is difficult enough. It would be presumptive to try to understand what He has not revealed. I really don’t know why He designed His ...

Why do Christians claim to have the Holy Spirit, yet every church I go into has a racial bias?

Christianity continues to define and redefine itself. I continue to question Christians in these matters. Why do Christians claim to have the Holy Spirit, yet every church I go into has a racial bias? The list is long.

I do not question the biblical God, but errors of man in interpreting God’s thoughts and ways. For man’s thoughts are not God’s thought and God’s ways are not man’s ways. Christianity is dying because of Christians, not because of the rest of the world. Christians are not blameless or set apart as commanded. See Alan Wolfe ...

Why do other believers continue to persecute and shut out gay and lesbian people based on passages of Scripture that are very much open to a different interpretation?

I wish we could talk face to face so you could hear my heart for you. In your letter you said, “I just don’t understand why people in the church—good, knowledgeable, intelligent, kind Christians like yourself—continue to persecute and shut out gay and lesbian people based on passages of Scripture that are very much open to an interpretation.” 

First, if someone is persecuting you, they are not being kind.

Why do the non-elect go to hell, if Christ paid the penalty for sin?

Christ did, in deed, pay the penalty for sin; and, the extent of that payment could sufficiently cover every person that ever lived, is living, or will live on the earth. Hebrews 10:11-12 wonderfully asserts that “every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God.” However, Christ’s death did not save anyone.

Why do we have a wrong view of Heaven?

Satan labors to give people an inaccurate view of heaven. Jesus said of the devil, “When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Why do you address so many moral issues in your books? It seems like overkill.

Question from a reader:

I just finished reading Safely Home. Thank you, what a great book! It has sparked my interest and concern about a previously ignored subject in my life. It tends to be one of those topics that we know is there but really do not want to think about, like the elephant hiding in the corner of the room. Why do you address so many moral issues in your books? It seems like overkill.

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

As for your concern about addressing too many moral issues, that's fine. It's just a matter of ...

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