Why are so many
going to miss heaven when they think they are on the right road ?
The answer is simple
when you study God's Word; they are on a "Dead End Street," that leads
My family and I lived
on a street named, "Dead End Street" at Homer, Alaska. We moved to the
end house on a dirt road that led to no-where and many lives are just
like that. They are on the wrong road; leading to no-where.
7:13-14- Describes such a condition called the Broad Road and
people have already made a conscience decision to see if it takes them
anywhere. There is Danger ahead, A caution sign is up and the
bottomless pit is around the next bend and unless you get off that
road, it will lead you to destruction!
7:13- "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it".
allow me to describe about 5
dead end streets to
no-where with the hope that you will be getting off before it is too
MANY PEOPLE ARE HELL BOUND ON THE WRONG ROAD.
CHURCH HOUSE IS A DEAD END STREET IF YOU ARE COUNTING ON IT TO SAVE
Many are church members but have never been born
Jesus explained to Nicodemus in John chapter 3:7- "Ye must be born
again" in order to enter into heaven. He was a very religious
Jesus said he was lost!
church can not save you and your priest has no means or
redeeming you! God the Father loved you enough to send his Son to die
in your place and Jesus shed his blood to pay your sin debt so it is
now up to you concerning where you go when you die!
ROAD OF GOOD WORKS CAN'T SAVE YOU.
good citizens and help their neighbor but it
another dead end street. Being good is just another road to hell
if you have never been born again!
(A)- Romans Ch.3:10- "There is none
righteous, no not one".
(B)- Romans 3:9-
"We have all sinned
and come short of the glory of God".
(C)- Romans 6:23- "The wages of sin is death".
HERITAGE ROAD CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Your bloodline will keep
you from Heaven unless
see yourself as a sinner with Jesus
Christ high and lifted up while repenting of your sins and trusting
Christ as your personal saviour before it is too late.
My Family and I met
some people who came to Alaska on vacation at the ferry terminal in
Juneau, Alaska and we struck up a conversation with the teen age son.
When ask if he was a Christian he said that he was born into a
and for that reason he
considered himself a Christian. He was persuaded in his own mind that
this would get him into heaven. We left the young man a gospel tract
and planted a seed with hope that his eyes would be opened at some
future date and many times that is all we can do until God opens a
person's mind to their spiritual condition.
In some cases, we can only plant a seed and another comes along and
waters it and God gives the increase at some later time.
ROAD OF BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Many people think that
so bad; somehow God will let them into heaven. They think that because
they have compassion on the poor and give of their finances to help the
poor, God will consider that and let them into heaven. The rich
young ruler in Matthew chapter 19 told Jesus he had given tithes
of all that
he possessed; he remarked that he kept the Old Testament commandments
from his youth up and with that he asked Jesus in Matthew
lack I yet to inherit eternal life"? Jesus knowing his heart
to go and sell all his possessions and distribute it among the poor and
take up his cross and follow me but the scripture tells us that he
went away sorrowful because he had great possessions. Jesus wasn't
his wealth; he was showing him that he loved money more that he loved
God and in fact more than his own soul! Hell is going to be full of
people that chose riches over getting saved!
5-THE ROAD OF RELIGIOUS
ZEAL WILL NOT SAVE YOU.
might work hard as a church member and
that is great but that should come after a born again experience and
not a way to get you to heaven. Saul who was later called Paul was a
zealot as he described himself in Galations 1:13- "I persecuted the church of God and wasted it".
He was trying to do God service but he was on the road to hell until
knocked him off his horse and sent him down the road of
repentance. It was on the Damascus road where he met Jesus
Ananias to explain God's plan of salvation and give him back his sight.
had heard about Saul and how he went about with letters giving him the
authority to arrest Christians and bring them to the High Priest where
they were imprisoned or put to death. When God asked Ananias to go to
named Saul and explain the gospel to him, he had some reservations
obeying the Lord's instructions but the Lord assured him that it was
the right thing to do so he went to meet Saul on a street called
straight where he found Saul praying! I tell you when a man gets off
of sin and gets on a street called straight and is praying about his
sinful condition, God is about to do
business with him!
Acts 9:17- Ananias found Saul and
said, "Brother Saul, the Lord even
Jesus that appeared unto
thee in the way as thou cameth, hath sent me,
that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy
Ghost." Acts 9:18 -"And immediately there fell
from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received his sight
forthwith, and arose, and was baptized."
Once I was lost but now I
found! Once I was blind but
now I see! The Damascus
experience became a conversion experience on a "STREET CALLED STRAIGHT" for a man named Saul. If you
are on a dead end street that leads to no where; you need to move over to the
street called straight! A born again experience came only after Saul
out that he was
just like the rest of us; lost and undone without God or His
son and saw the need to get off that dead end street and get onto a street called straight!
You can do that right now
by realizing that you are a sinner and by asking Christ into your heart
as you repent of your
Acts 3:19- "Repent ye therefore, and be converted,
that your sins might be blotted out".
(1)- SOME PEOPLE ARE RELIGIOUS YES BUT
THEY PRAY TO A GOD THAT CAN NOT SAVE THEM.
45:20- "Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye
escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of
their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save."
Romans 10:13- "Who
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved".
of the world offer people some form of salvation but every one of
the founders of those religions died on a dead end street and the
still holds each of it's occupants. The only exception is Christianity
and the tomb is empty where Jesus was buried! The angels announced
that He is not here but He is risen!
10:13- "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall
(2)- SOME PEOPLE ARE RELIGIOUS YES BUT
THEY ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE DID NOT
(A)- They never repented of their sin.
Luke 13:3- "Jesus said,
except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish".
(B)- They never asked for salvation.
God will not give eternal
life to anyone who doesn't
(C)- They never made an
effort to accept the Gift of salvation.
2:8-9- "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should
A sinner has to ask for
it and then he or she has to accept it. You could ask me for a
dollar bill and I could make it a free gift but you would have to reach
out and take it before it bacame yours and unless you reach out and
receive the Gift that God made available; you can
never go to heaven!
(D)- They never made a
10:9- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
10:10- "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
mouth confession is made unto salvation."
God expects every newly
born again person to
public and Jesus went so far as to say that if you wouldn't confess Him
before men, neither would He confess you before His Father which is in
Matthew 10:32-33- "Whosoever
therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before
my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men,
him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven".
There are three things
you need to do:
1- Realize you are a
sinner- Romans 3:10
2- Repent. (Turn from sin unto God)- Acts 26:18
3- Receive Christ into your heart- Romans 10:13
Friend if you are on a
dead end street that leads to no-where; You need to get off the broad
road and move onto the narrow road which leads to everlasting life.
Come to Christ with a repentant heart asking for mercy and forgiveness.
Accept His saving Grace and rely on His word as a done deal. Tell
others what God through Christ has done for you and determine to walk
in newness of life. If you do these things, God will add your name to
His book of life in heaven and you will be His Child forever; Amen.
T. Tyson Sr.