Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Can the Un-Baptized Go to Heaven?

Tuesday after Pentecost 24
November 17, 2009

The Lord be with you

This coming Sunday, the Last Sunday of the Church Year, the adult Bible study at Lamb of God Lutheran Church (LCMS) will continue its series titled “Puzzlers and Questions about the Bible” by considering the question: “Can the un-baptized go to heaven?” No doubt whoever submitted this question has asked it many times and received honest and faithful responses, but the settings probably were such that only a quick answer could be given (such as Sunday morning between Sunday school and worship services). Pastors probably referred the individual to the catechism or other instructional material already in the possession of the individual, knowing the answer was there either explicitly or implicitly. Without having time to give the theological foundation for the answer based on Scripture, the question continues to roll around in the mind, not quite satisfied. So Sunday we will take the time to look at Bible passages about faith, baptism, salvation, etc., and think through them. We will then give a response that is based on something solid, not simply on what feels right but is uncertain, and thus have an answer that will hopefully stick. The study is titled “Baptism and Heaven.” We begin at 9:00 AM.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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