How God treats sinners when all is said and done, is a hot topic in the various religions of the world. There are those who teach and hold an opinion that God is too good to destroy sinners, and that He will save everyone, including the devil. This is called universalism. Some believe that there is no judgement, once saved, always saved irrespective of how we conduct our lives thereafter.There is also a school of thought that teaches that judgement follows, and points out currently that there is an investigative judgement ongoing. If we Consider sound doctrine, based on the BIble, I would go with the group that postulates judgement. That wheat must be separated from tares, and the tares be gathered in bundles to be burned, is the kind of teaching that is based on the Bible, as solomon says, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.” After judgement, a rewarding system follows based on principles laid in the Scriptures. Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost writes, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” After the transcript of God’s character—the moral law—has separated the saints and the sinners, what next? Well, the Bible is very clear about this, but there are people with misgivings, who feel even those who have been found wanting, in the light of the moral law be granted entry into the everlasting security.
Now, before we go far, we may need to understand what is meant by the word ‘sinner’. In the context of this work, sinner defined, is: Someone who willfully violates the revealed will of God, and by behaviour and deportment, seems to be saying, “This is how I am and I can’t change”. “God who do you think you are, telling me how I should conduct myself?”
What if God would allow sinners in heaven, what could be the effect?
- Insecurity and a possibility of Another Rebellion!
The sin of one man makes it necessary for Christ to be hanged on the Cross. When sinners gain access to heaven, with their sinful nature, they would come with a different spirit which will make the Universe insecure and bring about a possibility of another rebellion.
Those who refuse to co-operate with God on earth would not co-operate with Him in heaven. It would not be safe to take them to heaven.— Christ’s Object Lessons p. 280
If you hate God on earth, you will want to kill God in Heaven. God is not going to jeopardize the lives of Patriarchs and Prophets, who have endured the guillotine for truth’s sake,to accommodate even one unrepentant sinner. This promise is very true, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:27
Carnal nature does not repent. A replica of the antediluvians will be experienced. How did they behave amidst the retribution?
“As the violence of the storm increased, trees, buildings, rocks, and earth were hurled in every direction. The terror of man and beast was beyond description. Above the roar of the tempest was heard the wailing of a people that had despised the authority of God. Satan himself, who was compelled to remain in the midst of the warring elements, feared for his own existence. He had delighted to control so powerful a race, and desired them to live to practice their abominations and continue their rebellion against the Ruler of heaven. He now uttered imprecations against God, charging Him with injustice and cruelty. Many of the people, like Satan, blasphemed God, and had they been able, they would have torn Him from the throne of power. Others were frantic with fear, stretching their hands toward the ark and pleading for admittance. But their entreaties were in vain. Conscience was at last aroused to know that there is a God who ruleth in the heavens. They called upon Him earnestly, but His ear was not open to their cry. In that terrible hour they saw that the transgression of God’s law had caused their ruin. Yet while, through fear of punishment, they acknowledged their sin, they felt no true contrition, no abhorrence of evil. They would have returned to their defiance of Heaven, had the judgment been removed. So when God’s judgments shall fall upon the earth before its deluge by fire, the impenitent will know just where and what their sin is—the despising of His holy law. Yet they will have no more true repentance than did the old-world sinners.— Patriarchs and Prophets p. 99
2. Sinners would be bored.
Have you ever imagined how Heaven can be to sinners? Is there anything that can make the sinners happy in Heaven? What does the Blessed Bible Say? “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
There is nothing that God has made with sinners in mind. When sinners get to Heaven, they will hang and feel out of place, for their table will be empty. Sinners are going to experience a terrible market failure in heaven! Nothing in their shopping list will be available in the store of heaven. There is nothing that God has made for those who hate Him. Sinners will find holiness burdensome. No wild parties, no any of their revelries, they will ask if there is another section for them and the series of disappointment awaiting them, will make them wish to be returned to the earth. Sinners will be kept out of heaven by their lack of fitness for it’s membership.
The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven.—The Review and Herald, June 4, 1895
If you are not fit for heaven, it will be a punishment for you, and the fitness we must gain now or never.