Agreed, and enjoying the conversation.
I have said it this way in the past: if I get to heaven, and discover that there are far more people than I expected to see… I will not be lodging a complaint. I will be absolutely delighted to see that God‘s mercy extended further than I had anticipated or expected. And admittedly, part of me hopes that this will be the case.
However, in my responsibility of sharing the gospel, and of taking seriously Christ’s warning that wide is the path that leads to distraction and narrow is the way to life, as well as all his teaching that certainly sounds very unquestionably that their distraction is permanent and eternal…
I find it behooves me to take those warnings seriously as I proclaim the gospel. I would rather find myself admitting I was mistaken, and that more people are in heaven than I expected, then the alternative. I would not want to find myself surprised to find that many whom I assured would be in heaven actually are not there; or that I in any way discouraged people from evangelizing or mission work by assuming that they would be saved, only to find out I was mistaken.
I would rather be in heaven laughing with someone about my errors, who I had previously erroneously warned may not be there… Rather than standing at the judgment And seeing someone stand condemned who I had assured would have nothing to fear.