Catholicism maintains that believing you are assured of going to heaven when you die is to commit the sin of presumption:
By taking this position, the Catholic church once again lines itself up against written Scripture:
Stop and reason for a moment. If there is a place called heaven, a paradise wonderful beyond imagination, and if there is a place of eternal torment called hell, wouldn't a loving God tell us how to obtain one and avoid the other?
Would God make us endure an entire lifetime, never knowing how we could escape the flames of hell and be assured of enjoying paradise with Him?
Would a loving God say, "Do as many good works as you can, then keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best when you stand before Me someday."
No, that's not love, that' s torture! That' s cruelty of the highest sort. A God of love would give us a clear, simple plan spelling out how to miss this awful place of torment and be assured of heaven. And He has:
The Bible declares that those who receive Christ by faith and put their trust in Him can know right now that they have eternal life:
It's not a sin to presume you are going to heaven if you have been born into God's family through faith in Christ. It is a Biblical fact and a precious promise from the Lord Jesus. It is never presumptuous to take God at His Word. In fact, He loves it when we do:
God wants His children to rest in the fact that they have been born into His family and that their eternal destiny is settled:
Notice, the promise is not that you may have it someday if you do enough good works. You may have it right now. This is God's will. Jesus said:
Paul didn't consider it presumptuous to declare that he was on his way to heaven:
Precious Roman Catholic, can't you see that this doctrine keeps you in bondage? The church doesn't want you to know your eternal destiny is settled because you' d no longer need the church.
How tragic that Catholics remain in bondage, serving the church in hopes of earning heaven, when God's desire is for you to be assured of heaven right now:
You must be Born Again
To have this assurance, you must be born again:
To be born again, you must receive Jesus Christ by faith as your personal Savior and trust Him alone for your salvation. When you do this, you will be born into God's family:
Once in God's family, you become a co-heir with Jesus Christ:
As an heir, you don't have to wonder about your destiny. You are promised:
Isn't that beautiful? An eternal inheritance in heaven is already reserved for all those who become a child of God. Jesus reminded those who trusted in Him that:
Are you seeing the true nature of God? He loves you and wants you to know that it is not presumptuous to believe His Word and rest in His goodness. God loves you and wants you to know that you have eternal life... right now!
This Bondage can be Broken
God doesn't want you in bondage to a religion of works. He wants to have a personal relationship with you based on His wonderful grace. God doesn't want you to be tortured, wondering where you will spend eternity.
Ask God to open your eyes so you can see this awesome truth. Then receive Jesus by saying a prayer like this from your heart:
If you just prayed a prayer like this and meant it with all your heart, God has promised that you are now His child and are guaranteed of going to heaven when you die.
Presumption or Faith?
It is not presumptuous to take God at His Word. This is called faith. When Jesus walked the earth, He gave all who put their faith in Him this wonderful promise:
Trust Christ right now. You' ll be glad you did: