Pastor David Platt warned that many people who believe they are Christians are wrong and will end up with their final residence being in Hell. Platt, 33, who is also an author, made his comments at the recent Verge Conference in Austin, Texas, according to an article in today's Christian Post.
The title of his presentation could have been entitled "Destination Hell" as he criticized many Americans who think they are going to heaven someday as being mistaken. He indicated the chances are many so-called Christians will end up with their permanent residence being in the place nobody really wants to book as a travel destination.
Platt referred to the Scripture found in the book of Matthew 7:21 as saying, "not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven."
Platt further arged that, "There are a whole lot of people in our country who think that they are Christians, but they are not."
"This Jesus is more worthy than nominal adherence and casual association," the pastor said.
Platt criticized self-professed Christians "who confess Jesus" but whose lives aren't any different than nonbelievers.
Platt leads the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. He is also author of a book entitled "Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live."
The pastor/author also challenged people to follow Jesus' challenge in the Great Commission to "go and make disciples of all nations."(Matthew 28:16-20).
Platt also challenged churches to quit using the so-called Sinner's Prayer as the test to a genuine commitment to Christ. He says that test implies to people they don't have to do anything else after saying that prayer.
Platt previously wrote a book entitled "Radical" which challenged Christians to follow the example of the original twelve disciples in facing hardships.
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