In sixty years of preaching and pastoring several churches, I have never been asked to write a foreword to a new book. Well, now that has changed. Yet, when Brother Don Fortner asked me to write the foreword for Going Home, I thought, âHow ill-qualified I am to undertake this task!â
But what a delight it has been. These seventeen chapters are all about heaven and this is the best book I have ever read on the subject. As I read the fifth chapter, âHeaven: The Place of Satisfactionâ my heart was blessed indeed.
Pastor Fortner does not tell us how easy it is for everyone to get to heaven. Many appear to think they can crawl through the eye of a needle! They imagine they will make it to the front row of heaven yet their lives give little encouragement to hope they know anything of the grace of God or the God of glory.
Instead, the author has been very careful to point out Godâs absolute sovereign grace in the salvation of his chosen people, while insisting it is the equally absolute responsibility of all men everywhere to repent of sin. Most religious teaching today makes it easy for people to live in sin and yet believe they have a right to heaven when they die. Pastor Fortner reminds us it is not so.
I was impressed while reading this book at the many references to the Holy Scriptures. Again, it is common in our day, in many quarters, to ignore, âThus saith the Lordâ. But how can one write of heaven and not hear what âthe LORD, the God of heavenâ has said about it?