Eric, a Mormon, poses this question:
When I browsed through the well-known evangelical book The Purpose-Driven Life by the Rev. Rick Warren, I was struck by the following passage near the beginning of the book:
From the Bible we can surmise that God will ask us two crucial questions [before we enter eternity]: First, “What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?” … Second, “What did you do with your life?” What did you do with all that God gave you — all your gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources? Did you spend them on yourself, or did you use them to fulfill God’s purposes for your life? The first question will determine where you spend eternity — with God or separated from God. The second question will determine what you do in eternity — your responsibilities and rewards in heaven.
(Emphasis has been added. You can download without charge the section of the book that includes this passage here.)
My first question for evangelicals is this: Does Warren accurately convey evangelical belief, that there are blessings in heaven based on our earthly works? (Or is my summary misinterpreting his teaching?)
Then I have two follow-up questions:
2. If Warren in wrong, if there are no blessings in heaven based on our works, is what Warren teaching heretical?
3. If Warren is correct, what will be the heavenly “responsibilities and rewards” for what we do on Earth?