Will: Interview One
by Darcy West
reprinted by permission
Cherry: If you do not like worship of
God, you will not like heaven.
Darcy West: So you believe that some
people will sin in heaven?
Cherry: No. There will not be sin in
Darcy West: Oh, okay. Can we back this
up a little, please?
Cherry: Sure, backup.
Darcy West: Thanks. Does free will mean
that you have the ability to choose whether or not to love God?
Cherry: You have the power to choose
-- that is what free will is.
Darcy West: God could program you to
love him, right?
Cherry: Yes, Darcy he could. He wants
you to choose Him.
Darcy West: Cherry, so without free
will, you'd just be a robot?
Cherry: Yes Darcy, if God chose for
Darcy West: I agree. So do you believe
there will be free will in heaven?
Cherry: For now we see in a mirror dimly,
but then face to face. For now we know in part, but then shall we know in
Darcy West: Yes but I am talking about
the ability to choose....Cherry, you said that without the ability to choose
for ourselves...our love wouldn't be real love. Why would God strip that
choice from you in heaven?
Cherry: God is not going to remove that
choice. Do you believe God would cheat?
Darcy West: Well that's why I asked
whether or not you'd have free will in heaven.
Cherry: You will have no need of it
in heaven. For all is good there.
Darcy West: Wasn't heaven all good when
Lucifer was there?
Cherry: Darcy, yes but Lucifer wanted
to be God.
Darcy West: Cherry, well perhaps you
will someday want to be god?
Cherry: Not I. My sincerest desire is
to serve God. To be free from sin.
Darcy West:: Well perhaps not you, but
someone else then. My point is that Lucifer's sin proves that having everything
good in heaven will not prevent sin. See what I mean?
Cherry: Darcy: Nothing imperfect can
be in the sight of God.
Darcy West: I understand that is what
you believe. So if someone sins in heaven, will they then be kicked out?
Cherry: You will be removed from the
occasion to sin in heaven. No one is kicked out. Once saved. Always saved.
Darcy West: That's a slogan. Does having
a savior prevent you from sinning?
Cherry: Having a savior prevents me
from being lost.
Darcy West: But having a savior doesn't
prevent you from sinning now...why would it prevent you from sinning in
Cherry: Darcy, I am 70 years old. I
am on "borrowed" time. I do not have time for this.
Darcy West: Thank you for answering
my questions, Cherry.