Jackie Gleason's False Beliefs
By David J. Stewart
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." —2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9
Famous actor and comedian, Jackie Gleason (1916-1987), once said on 60-minutes in a 1984 interview that he didn't believe God is a “vengeful” God. Gleason states in the interview, when asked what he thought about going to Heaven . . .
“I'm sure that if you've committed a sin He's not going to send you to Hell for eternity.”
60-Minutes interview, 1984
Unfortunately, Jackie Gleason was very wrong. God does send people to Hell for eternity if they die in their sins without Jesus Christ. This is clearly stated in our text Scripture from 2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9. Please note that all Scripture references are from the trustworthy King James Bible.
From watching the interview, it is clear that Gleason's Catholic upbringing was still at work, convincing him that doing good works are necessary to get to Heaven. He is honest enough to admit that he doesn't deserve to go to Heaven because of his heathen, wild and sinful lifestyle; but yet Gleason foolishly reasoned that God would let him slide.
We are warned in Proverb 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Gleason relied upon his own human reasoning as the basis of his religious beliefs. What he should have been doing is what the Lord Jesus commands all of us to do... SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES (John 5:39). The great need of this hour in the world is to get back to the Word of God. Phooey on the latest New York Times Bestseller. Phooey on Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life. Phooey on the secular psychology of James Dobson's Focus On The Family. We need to focus on the Bible!
Jackie Gleason made the same fatal error that so many people are still making today, and that Cain made in the days of Adam, relying upon their own human wisdom and understanding to get them to Heaven. Sadly, Cain went to Hell, as did Gleason and everyone else who believes that God is not a vengeful Person Who sends sinners to Hell. 2nd Thessalonians 1:8 warns that God is VENGEFUL and will punish the wicked with flaming fire forever. James 2:10 plainly states, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
That means even the person who sins the least is still as guilty in God's eyes as Adolf Hitler. Why? Because committing even one sin makes us unworthy of Heaven. No matter how much good we may do, the sins we have committed are still there. This is why Jesus came to pay our sin debt. God knew that we could not redeem ourselves, so He sent His only begotten Son to redeem us with His own precious blood. 1st Peter 1:18-19, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." Amen!
The bottom line is this... you have no righteousness of your own and God is NOT going to let you slide, compromise His Word or let you into Heaven some other way than through His dear Son, Jesus Christ (John 10:1,9; 14:6). You need Christ's righteousness, which is obtained through faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Gleason reiterates in his 1984 interview that his greatest fear was not making it to Heaven when he died. Sadly, Gleason's worst fears have become a reality since his death in 1987. If you foolishly think as Jackie Gleason did that God is not a vengeful God, and that God will let you into Heaven apart from being born-again in Christ Jesus, then you are greatly mistaken.
There is no salvation apart from the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father will punish the wicked with eternal fire and vengeance. Jude 1:7, "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." God is a vengeful God as much as He is a merciful God. Salvation can only happen through faith in Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, Whose blood washes away our sins. There will be no exceptions.
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