Four Foolish Ways to Try to Get to Heaven

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #35 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Matthew 25:1-12: “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

In our passage today, Jesus Christ uses a traditional Jewish wedding feast to depict the kingdom of Heaven and show us that just as five of the virgins were not prepared to go into the marriage feast, there will be some people who will not go to Heaven. Many people who think they are going to Heaven are going to be severely disappointed. All of the ten virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom thought they were ready but only five were really ready. The other five, whom the Bible calls foolish virgins, were shut out of the feast.

It would be very sad if you were to get shut out of Heaven. So, today, allow me to share with you four foolish ways to try to get to Heaven and then the one true way that is guaranteed to get you to Heaven.

1. It is foolish to try to get to Heaven through good works.
2. It is foolish to try to get to Heaven by living a good life.
3. It is foolish to try to get to Heaven by church membership and religious rituals.
4. It is foolish to try to get to Heaven by depending on somebody else.

+ Plus, listen to Kathryn Scott singing “Heaven is Our Home” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

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