1 Corinthians 6:9,10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Does the bible teach universal salvation? Or let me word it another way. Does the bible teach that everybody is going to heaven? Our study this morning clearly reveals that not everybody is going to heaven. I realize that what we are talking about may not be politically correct. I realize that according to the twisted thinking of our culture that what we are talking about may be considered judgmental or “hate speech”. Neither of these opinions is true. If a medical doctor tells you that you have a disease that may kill you unless you allow him or her to operate, are they judging you? Of course not. Does that mean that they hate you? Of course not. Never let your emotions interpret the truth of God.

The Scriptures teach that the people who are going to heaven are overcomers (Revelation 21:1-4,7). Who is an overcomer? “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4,5) What does it mean to “believe” that Jesus is The Son of God? It certainly does not just mean that an individual mentally assents that Jesus is the Son of God, for even demons are cited as knowing Who He is. Revelation 21:8 lists the kinds of people who will not be going to heaven. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” To overcome and believe that Jesus is The Christ comes via revelation from The Father through The Holy Spirit (Matthew 16:13-17). “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2:11)