About the Author
DR. ERWIN LUTZER has served as senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago for over 30 years. A renowned theologian, Dr. Lutzer earned his BTh from Winnipeg Bible College, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and an MA in philosophy from Loyola University. He is an award-winning author and the featured speaker on three radio programs that can be heard on more than 700 radio stations in the United States and around the world. Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
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What I long for, and what I think every person longs for, is the knowledge that my relationship with God is secure - permanently secure - not just for today, but for tomorrow and for all of eternity. And such knowledge should be available to all who sincerely desire it, no matter how messed up, no matter how great their sin or crimes. Neither you nor I want to be among those who are banished from heaven because we were on the wrong path. We should welcome, rather than fear, an examination of our convictions. Christ taught that our eternal destiny is dependent on what we believe and on what we do with those beliefs. So we must approach these questions with an open mind and a willingness to learn and have our convictions challenged. Someday many will have our convictions challenged. Someday many will have to admit ruefully that misplaced faith is worse than no faith at all. The question is not whether a path looks good or even feels right. The question is: Is it God's way, or is it what I think is God's way? Stay tuned. Five minutes after you die you will either have had your first glimpse of heaven with its euphoria and bliss or your first genuine experience of unrelenting horror and regret. Either way, you future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable. In those first moments, you will be more alive than you ever have been. Vivid memories of your friends and your life on planet earth will be mingled with a daunting anticipation of eternity. You will have had you first direct glimpse of Christ or your first encounter with evil as you have never known it. And it will be too late to change your address.