Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life Church, has identified three misconceptions about heaven. Furthermore, he highlighted why it’s important to have a proper understanding of the afterlife. In a sermon titled “The Glory of Heaven,” Groeschel made news with a riveting idea – we should imagine what life will be like one minute after we die. The three misconceptions about heaven follow.
1. Heaven will be boring.
One reason many think of heaven as boring, said the pastor, is that the devil is a liar and wants people to believe that God is a “killjoy” who robs us of everything fun.
“I hope you’ll understand – heaven will be the opposite of boredom. It is the absence of everything evil, and it is the presence of God. When you think about it, everything that you enjoy on earth is the result of a gift from the God of heaven.”
2. This world – not heaven – is our home.
Groeschel encouraged his congregation to refrain from getting upset about the small, mundane things, and rather to live for what matters most. “I want to live on earth in a way that makes a difference in eternity,” he said. “What matters is how I love. What matters is what I give. What matters is who I serve. What matters is what I say that gives life – the things that we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
3. Heaven is a “default destination” for most people.
The misunderstanding is that most will go to heaven – if they are relatively good. “Don’t forget what Jesus said,” Groeschel warned. “Jesus said, ‘Broad is the road and wide is the path that leads to destruction and many people are on it. Narrow is the road and small is the gate that leads to life, and few people find it.'”
The mega-church pastor continued, “The truth is, good people don’t go to heaven when they die. Forgiven people go to heaven when they die.”
Groeschel concluded his message by emphasizing that those who truly understand the holiness of God are “acutely aware of the sinfulness of mankind” and that all people fall short of God’s standards. “But by the grace of God, anyone who calls on the name that is above every name in the name of Jesus, that person will be saved.”
He then said he decided to preach on the afterlife to remind those who are in Christ that they don’t need to fear death, and to create a “spiritual urgency” – to allow the reality of heaven to impact how we live today.
This was the third message in Groeschel’s message series, “One Minute After You Die.”