Just a little more on the Heaven is for Real issue. Many of us have heard of David Platt, pastor of a large church in Birmingham, AL. He has a tremendous passion for missions and is probably best know as author of the book Radical. Here is a video clip where he is warning his congregation about near death experiences about heaven. He words this a little more strongly than I did but I find myself in full agreement with him.
Also, here is a 6-minute podcast where John Piper addresses this issue. Piper links these types of books with the necromancy prohibited by the Scripture. The money quote:
God’s beef with necromancy is that it belittles the sufficiency of his communication. Why would you inquire of the dead to find out what you want to know instead of inquiring of me? And if they say: Well, I have inquired of you and you didn’t tell me what I want to know. He would say: Well, that is your problem. I have told you what you need to know. You don’t need to know about such and such if I haven’t told you. And, in fact, if you go trying to inquire about such and such that I haven’t told you, you are dishonoring me. So that is the nature of the argument. And, therefore, I think the prohibition of séances and necromancy applies to this kind of thing and people ought to stop writing those books.
I realize, brethren, that this is a very strong warning. Comparing such a book to necromancy? Yet, if our trust is in the Lord, can we not trust that, if we needed to know such details about heaven, He would have told us in His word? God will, in coming ages, unfold to us the glories of his creation, both earth AND heaven. I urge you to await his timing for such revelation.
HT: Justin Taylor