In this video, [former] EPM staffer Julia (Stager) Mayo talks about whether or not the Bible teaches that we get a second chance to believe in Jesus after death. This five minute video is well worth watching and sharing.
I know Julia well, and I can wholeheartedly vouch for her biblical orientation, her walk with Christ and her personal integrity. I respect her deeply and I encourage you to listen to her insights.
As Julia shares in her video, evangelicals reject the doctrine of a second chance for unbelievers, an opportunity after death to come to faith in Christ. But we must be equally aware there is no second chance for believers after death either. There is no further opportunity for us to walk by faith and serve our Lord in this fallen world. As there is no second chance beyond this earth for the unbeliever to believe right, so there is no second chance for the disobedient Christian to behave right.
What we do in this life is of eternal importance. This begins with our choice to follow Christ, but it does not end there. What you do with your time and money and all your other resources in this life is the last chapter of your autobiography. This book you’ve written with the pen of faith and the ink of works will go unedited, into eternity, to be seen and read as is by the angels, the redeemed and God himself.
When we see today in light of the long tomorrow the little choices become tremendously important.
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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.