That's a sobering thought for me, because although I've been a member of several denominations, I happen to be a Baptist! That's why I chose that title for the post. I could just as easily have called it "No Catholics in Heaven," or "No Quakers in Heaven," or "No Episcopalians in Heaven" .... or a hundred more. And any of those titles would be true.
There won't be any Baptists in Heaven. My Grandfather, who died in 1959, was one of the leading Southern Baptist preachers of the twentieth century; he was Chairman of the Baptist Sunday School Board for 35 years, and Pastor of First Baptist in Nashville, Tennessee during those years. He baptized me when I was six years old. If anybody in this world has a Baptist "pedigree," it's yours truly. But it's not going to get me one inch closer to Heaven - - - just as my Grandfather's "ecclesiastical status" didn't get him one inch closer.
There won't be any Roman Catholics in Heaven, either. You can be baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, you can have a private "blessing" from the Pope himself, and you won't be any further from Hell than the lowest murderer or pimp who ever lived. I'm not equating Catholics with killers and pimps; I'm saying that there won't be any Catholics in Heaven.
Well, surely there will be Pentecostals and Charismatics in Heaven, right? They talk so much about the Holy Spirit in their lives, they're bound to know something! And they do know some things, just as the Baptists and Methodists do. But there won't be any Charismatics or Pentecostals in Heaven. Heaven wasn't made for them, or for any of these other groups.
What about Mormons? What if a man is baptized in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle, and is a member of the "Melchisedec Priesthood," and has a Temple Recommend? Nope, he won't be in Heaven, either. Sorry; no offense. But the facts are the facts ... no Mormons in Heaven.
All of this begs the question: if none of these folks are in Heaven, who will be?
And the answer is very simple: the only people in Heaven are, and will be, miserable, helpless sinners who have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and have received Him according to John 1:12.
Down here, a lot of those people attend the churches I've mentioned. There are saved sinners in the Baptist and Charismatic and Presbyterian and Catholic churches .... and there are unsaved people in those churches, too. But when we get to Heaven, we won't be Baptists any more, or Calvinists or Arminians or anything else, except saved sinners, focusing not on our ceremonies and traditions and theologies, but basking in the Presence of our Saviour and Lord.
I'm not comparing denominations, and I'm certainly not saying that this one is better than that one. I'm saying that the churches we attend down here can help us in many ways, and we can serve God in those churches .... but they can't save us. My Grandfather couldn't save me. The Pope couldn't save a dead cat. The Archbishop of Canterbury, or the LDS Council of Elders, couldn't save a crippled hummingbird.
Only Jesus Christ, God the Son, the one true Mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5), can save us.
And He will .... if we let him.
I thank God that, by His grace, I was saved by receiving Christ in August of 1969. And, when my time on earth is done, He'll receive me on that basis alone - - - and he won't even hold my being a Baptist against me!