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How Do You Get To Heaven?

While surfing the Internet the other night, I somehow ended up at the "Pastor's Page" for Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, CO where Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller from Table Talk Radio serves.

One section that caught my eye was the "Pastor On The Street" videos from 2006 (already 8 years ago now!). Here's the description...

We took a video camera and a microphone to downtown Denver and surveyed nine people about their religious thoughts. We asked if people were religious, what they thought about Jesus and the church, what the Gospel is, and how you get to heaven. The answers provide a small glimpse into some of the broad currents of popular religious thought. These audio files include only the answers to these questions. Much thanks to Pastor Joe Burnham for doing all the hard work on this project.

Given my affinity for Apologetics, I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight each 2-minute video and then offer up a little Bible study and truth-telling.

How Do You Get To Heaven?

Answers to this question fell into three categories -- all wrong: (1) there is no heaven, (2) by being good, or trying to be, and (3) by believing in Jesus plus doing good or being obedient, etc. Of course, any time you add something to Jesus, it's really the addition that matters. Even of all the Christians we interviewed, none could let the way to heaven be Jesus alone.

Interesting, huh?

I already gave you a ton to read in each part of this series so I thought I'd point you to something you could listen to that would answer the question: "How do you get to Heaven?"

It just so happens that this past week's episode of the Just A Lutheran Layman podcast titled "Take Your 'SoulPulse' If You Want, But Sheep Don't Keep Track!" addressed this very same question from multiple angles throughout the program so be sure to check it out when you can.

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, it's important that we not only know WHAT we believe, but that we know WHY we believe it so that we can engage in these kinds of conversations with people when they come up within our vocations and give a faithful confession.

I hope that this entry was helpful in some small way to that end.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with Lutheran doctrine -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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