Oh my goodness! What will heaven be like? I do not mean streets of gold and palaces. I mean, what are people going to do? Just suppose you are walking down the street or in the marketplace in the New Jerusalem. You run into someone who you knew in this life. They were a Christian in your church or community and they treated you horribly. They were judgmental, harsh, and defamed you. They called you names, falsely accused you, implied you were a heretic even. What are you going to do?
How about this…you were taught and followed the teachings of your denomination or flavor of Christian lifestyle. You did the best you could, followed the rules around you. Then, in the presence of God, He expounds the truth from His view and meaning. You find that most of your experience on earth was theologically a mess and wrong in many areas. What do you do?
Try this one…you are in the glory of the Lord and you find people there that you were sure were damned. Your theology had them burning in the lake of fire. And as you are searching around you find people missing that you thought should be there. You have searched for a long time and they are not to be found. What do you think then?
Personally, I may be shocked. Surprised. Over the course of my ministry which now is in its 52nd year, I have had to change positions on numerous things that I found were faulty in my theology. It is not easy making a change. You admire the ones who taught you and being a part of a church creates a certain society that places certain social demands on people. Those demands may have nothing to do with godliness, but they form you so you will be accepted.
My journey has removed me from Cessationist Theology. It introduced me to a supernatural way of life in that God was not dead nor inert. I was introduced to the “faith” message. I was exposed to the “discipleship movement.” I experienced several revival movements. I have witnessed the gold, glitter events. I have experienced legalism and license. I have heard grace and salvation expressed more narrowly than the Bible. I have heard and seen rules, dress codes extreme, entertainment, manipulation, offerings that were interminable. I have had preachers, sales people, multilevel marketers all use the name of Jesus to manipulate for their own gain. I have witnessed, not only personally, but of friends as well, being stolen from in the name of Jesus.
These are not the only experiences I have had in regards to my walk with the Lord. To HIS credit, he has spared me much grief. He kept us from falling into a cult. He has kept us from the extremes of the faith movement. He has corrected us and kept us from extremism in several arenas that were so popular and drew crowds.
So, it brings me back to this thought that I began with…What is heaven going to be like? What kind of reconciliation will there be for all the evil Christians with those they used and abused? What will be the outcome of preachers and priests who molested children and even their own daughters? What will be the course for the swindlers?
For me, what did I teach or preach that will not stand the test of being place alongside God’s lessons for us? What will be corrected? What did I never see or understand? What will happen between the believers who quarreled and warred against one another? Some how…Some how, God will work it out. I just wonder…