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Matt Chandler: No, We Don’t Go to Heaven in the End

Village Church pastor and author Matt Chandler has posted a new video dispelling common misconceptions about the afterlife.

He explains: “I grew up with an understanding that when I died, I would go to heaven and that was the end of the story, that I was in heaven, and I was gonna be in the presence of God and then we were gonna sing and they were gonna be streets of gold there’s gonna be a crystal sea.”

However, he says that when he got older, he started to study Scripture, and realized what he’d gotten wrong.

Instead of heaven being a mystical place, Scripture taught him that ultimately, believers would rule a remade creation with Christ, in resurrected bodies. In other words he says, it’s not as “ghosty” as we were taught.

It’s similar to what John Eldredge recently told RELEVANT:

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I’ve heard a lot of worship leaders and pastors say from the pulpit or on stage, “Hey, I can’t wait until we’re with the Lord, we’ll get to worship forever.” They’re not saying that because they’re trying to deceive. It’s just what we got handed. I think we got ripped off.

The big thing we lost is that you actually don’t spend your eternal life in heaven. You spend it here on the new Earth. And I think that’s where we got off track.


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