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I heard from some preachers(not prominent) that assurance of going to Heaven is a self-consciousness. You yourself will have the evident, proof or confident that you are indeed going to heaven. If you are saved and are going to Heaven, you will know it. Some kind of consciousness will occur to you that Heaven is yours. Also, if you are not sure of your entry to Heaven, it means that you are not actually saved and are not going to Heaven at all. If you are saved you will know for sure that you are and if you have doubt about your afterlife, you are not saved at all.

Is there any prominent preachers or theologians who teaches that having no confidence about our afterlife implies that we are not actually saved?

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If you see the Pearly Gates, you're "going to Heaven" and "you will know it". –  Narnian Oct 10 '13 at 12:42
    
@Narnian If I see the Pearly Gates, that means I'm dead! :( –  Mawia Oct 10 '13 at 12:46
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Oh... you wanted to know before you die? (I was joking.) –  Narnian Oct 10 '13 at 12:47

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The only prominent preacher I could find was Paul:

Hebrews 11 speaks of faith and even faith that leads to a “good report”. What follows is Hebrews abbreviated to focus on the distinction of this question. Do we have the benefit of assurance that was not available prior to the completed work of the cross?

Hebrews 11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible…By faith Abraham…was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God…All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth…they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them…These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

So faith and faith’s effectiveness in a relationship with God has ever been extended to mankind. We who live on the other side of the cross are not unique because of our heavenly destination but that we have received the promise; we have the benefit of knowing whom to serve as Lord. And as a result of Christ’s finished work on the cross we uniquely have the benefit of the Holy Spirits presence within our heart. This unique presence of the promise enables Christ to be made manifest through our lives.

Faith in God’s grace saves the soul of mankind, assurance of God’s grace within the heart of mankind comes when we become less and He (Christ) becomes more, when we take up our cross and follow Him.

Evidence of His presence in our lives gives us assurance that we belong to Him, we are no longer our own.

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I have seen many Christians who have no confidence about their afterlife. Does it mean they have no faith? –  Mawia Oct 10 '13 at 11:49
    
Afterlife is an interesting term, while generally it refers to after this life, it could refer to life after the realization of Christ. We Christians sometimes get lost in determining our personal destination when we need to get on with Christ being made manifest in our life, generally understood as sanctification. –  Rick Oct 10 '13 at 12:27

your supposition is flawed within itself, on the one hand you suggest that if God is a just God he would just allow anyone into Heaven.

When in truth God being just would have to decide in some fashion who would and who would not be allowed into Heaven, otherwise there would not be a judgment day.

Since God is a just God he is therefore obligated to provide some means for us to know the way to attain eternity in Heaven.

I submit that The Bible (which I consider to be the Word of God), is that Vehicle.

I meant this to be a comment on the answer by mr. Ogden, but erroneously posted it as an answer to the question.

I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.

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St. Paul, in I Corinthians 9:27, says that he brings his body into subjection "lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway." It sounds as if he wasn't sure yet about his own salvation.

Catholic teaching on this matter is that one cannot, in this life, know one's eternal fate with certainty, unless one receives a special revelation from God.

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Are you sure that Catholics believe in the uncertainty of the afterlife? –  Mawia Oct 12 '13 at 9:46
    
@Mawia The Council of Trent's Canons on Justification include, as Canon 16, "If anyone shall say that he will for certain with an absolute and infallible certainty have that great gift of perseverance up to the end, unless he shall have learned this by a special revelation,let him be anathema." The same council's Decree on Justification says, in Chapter 12, "No one, moreover, so long as he lives in this mortal state ought so far to presume ... as to decide for certain that he is assuredly in the number of the predestined ... [continued in the next comment]" –  Andreas Blass Oct 12 '13 at 12:51
    
[continued from previous comment] "... For except by special revelation, it cannot be known whom God has chosen for Himself." –  Andreas Blass Oct 12 '13 at 12:53

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