John 14:6 says”Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth , and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I know this is a topic we don’t enjoy talking about but it is a reality. When a person dies we attend their funeral especially if we know them. But one of the things not all but some pastors will say is that they will no longer suffer and that they have gone to heaven.
Now this is where I have a problem with this, because for one they are giving the family false hope and secondly the bible tells us if they did not accept Jesus into their hearts than their eternity is hell. Now I can see why some people do this because the family is grieving but let me ask you a question. Did not Jesus address this same question concerning death?
I know we just aren’t going to go to them at that moment and say well did he or she accept Jesus into their lives? But what I have noticed is some pastors will ask people to come and accept Jesus now before the time runs out. Does it make it right to witness at a funeral? Some may say yes some may say no. But for a person who is born again and when you attend their funeral you can tell the difference between one who went home to be with the Lord and one who did not know the Lord.
Yes there is weeping that is natural but when a child of God has been called by the Lord to come home its celebration time. I know when my mother passed away three years ago yes we cried but we had so much joy that if anyone walked in off from the streets they would never thought we was having a funeral..
So I ask you do we give people false hope to make them feel better knowing the truth or do we tell them the truth? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to give any family false hope. I will ask that family did their love one accepted Jesus into their hearts and if they tell me no than I must witness to them..Because according to this and all other scripture Jesus is the only way to heaven.
Please don’t get me wrong I know we must be sensitive but at what cost are we sensitive that we ignore God’s word or we sensitive to man and his feelings that we make an excuse telling them they are in heaven when in reality hell is where they are headed.
And those who feel the need to argue this will always come back with this excuse they could have given their heart to God before they died..only one thing wrong with that is this, no man knows when he is dyeing so how can you if you don’t know thee hour of your death?
Making excuses for anyone just to make a family feel better is not helping them at all. Jesus would not approve of it…