"I Do Not Want to Go to Heaven"

William V. Beasley
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Yes! You read the title correctly. "I do not want to go to heaven." While the above most assuredly does not represent my personal desire, it is eloquently expressed in the lives of many people today. Almost everyone pays lip service to a desire for heaven - they simply desire the things of the world more.

Those who know the gospel plan of salvation for past sins (Faith, John 8:24; Repentance, Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; and Baptism, Mark 16:16; 1 Pet. 3:21; etc.), yet refuse to obey it, are in effect saying: "I do not want to go to heaven."

Those who have obeyed the above (without which there is no promise of salvation), but play at being a slave unto Jesus Christ-hide their light under a bushel (see Matt. 5:1416) -show that heaven is not truly their heart's desire. They, too, say: "I do not want to go to heaven."

December 9, 1971