Imagine a child is born and accepts Christ at a young age. He displays signs of being a Christian, but then grows up to live a life of complete decadence before they die. Imagine a second child born and growing up, having always given in to his fleshly desires and sought the ways of the world. But at the last moment on his death bed he accepts Christ. Who goes to Heaven? I have been told by two pastors the second child for sure, probably not the first.
Regardless of any hypothetical scenario we might imagine, the Bible’s standard for salvation remains unchanged:
A person who believes the Gospel truly is born again spiritually, Jesus says. The person is forever spiritually new, adopted as a child of God, and nothing that comes before or after this moment will change the person’s eternal destiny, as Paul says:
Therefore, if a person truly places their faith in Christ regardless of their age, then that person has been born again and adopted into the family of God, and he or she will be raised up on the last day:
The Bible is abundantly clear that salvation is by faith alone as Paul says:
Therefore, a believer’s salvation is never in jeopardy regardless of what sin he or she may commit in the future or how bad their sins have been in the past. No Christian is saved by “good” works, and neither can a Christian be lost by “bad” works.
Remember, even one sin is enough to bar us from Heaven apart from the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, so no one is more worthy of heaven than another. We all need grace and we all have sin that must be forgiven by the blood of Christ. Apart from Christ, everyone stands equally guilty before God regardless of how long someone has lived or how much sin he or she has committed:
Neither is the timing of our salvation important. The Lord saves each person when He chooses:
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Determining the Salvation of Others