There are many people going about their daily lives confident that their place in heaven is secure, but as my youngest grandson would say, “or is it?”
The latest book by Dr. Edward Mrkvicka Jr., Finding Heaven, will shake that belief from the hearts and minds of many Christians who believe the progressive theory that accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior only is enough for the assurance of salvation. With church attendance on Sunday, some believe the rest of the week can be devoted to worldly pleasures without concern that sin without repentance will keep them from entering heaven by the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14). However, because the Word of God is the same yesterday, today and forever, Edward has much to say on this man-made doctrine that backs the myriad of excuses used to accept Jesus Christ as Savior only while denying Him as Lord.
We learn throughout the book what it means to truly follow Jesus as Lord and Savior according to scripture with a calm, but firm tone that lovingly convicts the heart with understanding, rather than provoking a defensive attitude. This gracious writing characteristic is sadly missing in many Christian growth books that accuse or use sideline tactics to win over readers with temporary results at best. Edward’s sincerity of heart shines brightly on each page to ensure that the misinformed understand God’s position on salvation. After all, what can be more important than how we spend eternity? It’s a choice between heaven or hell, and the author’s desire is that he reach as many people as possible to insure they choose an eternity in heaven. For this reason, he strongly encourages his readers to understand that it’s what we do in our Christian walk, not what we say, that interests our Lord.
I loved reading the book, particularly because there are no “doom and gloom” threats, just honest teaching and powerful writing based upon scripture. Dr. Mrkvicka's statements capture the essence of life and death with sometimes a poetic beauty that resonates within the heart and mind so that they become a part of your thoughts. One of my favorites is his comment about heaven where he states that without a belief in God, all we have to look forward to is nothingness. God, on the other hand, offers a glorious future we can barely begin to comprehend in our present physical form. How can one not be affected by this overwhelming truth that most people don’t learn until it’s too late? We need to talk like this in our churches, with our families and with the unsaved. Christians need to recognize that a relationship with God is two-way and that salvation is not obtainable without commitment and obedience to His Word.
Finding Heaven defines the magnificent eternity that can belong to anyone, but it also comes with a clear warning that without making Christ Lord as well as Savior, many will enter eternity through the wide gate which leads to destruction. This is a choice every person must make, and if they choose to follow Christ, Edward’s teaching reveals the straight path to salvation. I encourage every Christian, whether assured of their salvation or not, to read Finding Heaven. It gives the spiritual and mental clarity needed to realize that obedience to God is not a legalistic approach to salvation but how we define the Lordship of Christ and our growing love for Him. Finding Heaven is available now. Don't put off learning the truth about your salvation!