To the Editor:
I want to bring some biblical clarification to a portion of the letter to the editor written by Silas V. Hill. He stated last week that the Bible reveals that God's true saints do not go directly to heaven, but rather he stated, "We don't go to heaven. Everyone who has lived and died since time began is still in their grave awaiting their resurrection. God's true saints will be in the first resurrection. All others will be in the second resurrection."
This does not mesh with the Scriptures.
God's Word states clearly that the souls of true believers go directly to heaven at the time of death. Genesis 5:24 says that Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him."
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells the story between two men who both died and who both were immediately in their eternal state.
In Luke 23:43, Jesus spoke plainly to the repentant thief when He said, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise."
Jesus was not trying to confuse us. Many people misunderstand the language of the Bible that speaks of everyone in the future getting a new body.
In I Thessalonians 4:14, the Apostle Paul tells us that when Jesus returns He will bring with Him those who have previously passed away in their faith, "For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep."
I do not write to debate, but only to clarify. May this letter be read in the spirit that it was intended.
Pastor John F. Hunn
Immanuel Baptist Church