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Are All Going To Be Saved?

Are All Going To Be Saved?

by Richard Nichols

Published in
The Christian Informer
July  2004

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All people would like to think they will pass into a better world when they leave this one.  But the Lord tells us that bliss does not await every individual who passes into the great beyond.  He tells us that all will not be saved.  He said, “Wide is the gate. and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat: because straight is the gate and narrow is the way. which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14).
All religious people are not in the narrow way that leads to life, for he said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them.  I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23). 
It will be shocking to many religious people in the day of judgment to find that they will not be saved, but probably equally shocking to find that they have never even been members of the Lord's church.  Many would be insulted if they were told that they are not even in the Lord’s church, because someone has said that they are.  Preachers of all churches refer to themselves as the Lord’s churches, but it only requires an honest heart for anyone who reads the Bible to learn that the Lord built only one church.  His church is not made up of religious denominations, but of individual members who are bound together by a common faith in Christ through obedience to the same commands that he gives to all people.
There is only one way of getting into the Lord’s church, but people do not get into all denominations alike.  One denomination requires one thing for membership in it, and others require other things.  The Bible tells us about “the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:18–23).  And since the church “is his body,” the way into it is the way into Christ..  The Scriptures again tell us that we are “baptized into Christ” (Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27).  Therefore, when the denominations refuse to baptize people “into Christ” “for the remission sins,” as the word of God says, they are keeping them out of the church of the Lord and out of realm of the saved, for the saved are all in the church which Christ died for, the church which He built (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23).  No one is a member of the church of the Lord who has not been baptized “into” Him even though the person might be a prominent member, even a leader in a “church” that is very popular among men.
Many will not be saved because they will not do the will of the Father.  Jesus said, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”  (Matthew 7:21–23).  They are self-willed and some even have a “zeal of God but not according to knowledge” and “establish their own righteousness,” but sadly are still lost and need to be saved (Romans 10:1–3).
Even when some people are shown what God’s word teaches they refuse it and will do what THEY LIKE.  This is the very reason many will not be baptized for the remission of sins.  They don’t want to.  They want salvation on their own terms, not God’s.  Although the church that you read about in the New Testament simply sang in worship to God without using mechanical instruments (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).  Most denominations use instruments of music attempting to worship God, because  they like them and they want to .
Even though the Lord’s church never dabbled in politics, secular education and entertainment, many modern churches have gone into all of these trying to please the people and draw bigger crowds.  They go in for these things, not because they’re found in the New Testament, but because they want them.  They let women take an active role in public worship, because they want to.  They call their preacher’s “reverend” and praise an individual as “their pastor,” because they want to.  All of us need to lay aside our preconceived ideas and prejudices, study God’s word with an open, appreciative and accepting mind, and learn to love the Lord and obey His will.  Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), and “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10).  Our plea to all today is to seek the will of the Lord and serve Him as He wants.