Can good people go to heaven?
Yes, if they will turn away from trusting in their goodness and trust Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation. As long as you cling to the slightest shred of your goodness, you’ll never see the gates of heaven. Once you let go of the rags of your own righteousness, you can be saved.
That means there is hope for everyone. The good news is: You can be saved–no matter how bad you’ve been. The better news is: You can be saved–no matter how good you’ve been. We’ve always known the gospel can save sinners. Now we know it can even save good people if they are willing to let go of their goodness.
Ponder the words of this little verse:
Upon a life I did not live, Upon a death I did not die, I risk my whole eternity.
That is what it means to be a Christian. It means trusting in Christ so much that you risk your eternity on what he did for you in his life and in his death. Trusting Jesus for salvation means to trust him so completely that if he can’t take you to heaven, you aren’t going to go there. Are you willing and ready to do that?
To read more about this, see Why Good People Won’t Go to Heaven.
Ray Pritchard pastored in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Married to Marlene for 38 years, he enjoys being a husband, a father and a grandfather, riding his bike, and playing with Dudley and Gary, beloved basset hounds.