The Church Points to Heaven
August 15 | Taken from a message by Adrian Rogers
I believe that the church is not the way to heaven; the church is the sign that points to heaven. Let me give you an illustration.
Let’s say that one day soon I’m going to Forrest City, Arkansas. Now, suppose you are going there as well and see me sitting on a sign that says “Forrest City.” You say, “Pastor, what are you doing?”
“Well, I’m going to Forrest City. Don’t you see the sign? It says ‘This way to Forrest City.’”
You say, “No, Pastor, you don’t get there by sitting on a sign. The sign points the way. The sign is not the way.”
In the same way, the church is only a signpost saying “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.”
I believe that a great number of people are going to die and go to hell because they’re counting on their religiosity in the church instead of their relationship with Jesus to get them to heaven. They give lip service to repentance and faith, but they’ve never been born again.
“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14).