John MacArthur Ain’t Buying into a Child Claimed to have died & been to Heaven:
2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
“HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A DANGEROUS MOVIE FOR AN APOSTATE AGE (Friday Church News Notes, April 25, 2014, http://firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – Heaven Is For Real, the account of a four-year-old boy’s supposed visit to heaven, has sold over 2 million copies in book format and has been turned into a movie which grossed $21.5 million when it opened on Easter weekend. One pastor told me that the book is ‘circulating around many of our Independent Baptist camps; many are recommending it.’ It is about Colton Burpo, a Methodist pastor’s son who allegedly visits heaven during emergency surgery. There he meets a dead sister and great grandfather, sees Jesus, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Satan, and learns things not revealed in Scripture. We don’t doubt that the little boy is convinced that he visited heaven, but we don’t believe for a minute that it actually happened. First, the apostle Paul said that when he had visited heaven, he heard things that he was not allowed to repeat (2 Cor. 12:4). Obviously, then, a person cannot visit heaven and then describe whatever he sees and hears there. Second, the book Heaven Is for Real is contrary God’s emphasis on the priority and sufficiency of faith and Scripture. …” Read more here: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/friday_church_news/15_17.php
– David Cloud
“Is ‘Heaven Is for Real’ for Real?: An Exercise In Discernment
There have been quite a number of books written by or about people who claim to have personally visited Heaven. Some of these authors profess to be Christians while others do not. The descriptions of their experiences vary regarding such things as entering into a dazzling white light at the end of a dark tunnel and being greeted by deceased loved ones, or being in the presence of God and seeing the shed feathers of angels dotting the grand floor of His throne room. Many of their stories contain information that would seem to be beyond their ability to know at the time–or at all. Although these individuals supply much information, the content raises many questions. Obviously, everything they say can’t be true because some of the content in one book contradicts what’s written in others. How do we know who is giving us an accurate and truthful account? A biblical Christian might say that he would compare what they say with what is presented in the Scriptures about Heaven. If it rings true to the Word of God, then it must be true. Well, yes and no. Yes, it must be true to Scripture. What is presented certainly cannot be at odds with what the Bible teaches about Heaven; nevertheless, just because it conforms to Scripture doesn’t prove that the person’s declaration or experience of being in Heaven actually took place. …” Read more here: http://www.thebereancall.org/content/heaven-real-real-exercise-discernment-0/
– T. A. McMahon
“Are Visits to Heaven for Real?
A pastor’s book recounting his son’s visit to heaven rose to the top of the bestseller list and became a major motion picture. Christians were quick to spread the word, but could such visits be for real?
In recent years, Christian booksellers have inundated the evangelical world with testimonies from people who say they visited heaven in near-death experiences. Their stories are full of specific details about what heaven is like, who is there, and what is happening in the celestial realm. But when we compare their claims with Scripture, it becomes clear that they are merely figments of the human imagination, not true visions of heaven as it is described in God’s Word. … ” Read more here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v9/n2/visits-to-heaven
– John MacArthur
Heaven Is Real; Hallucinations Are Not:
Hour 3- Are near death visits to Heaven and back possible? Phil Johnson from Grace to You refutes it:
Janet Mefferd Show-2/5/2013
February 5, 2013 by Janet Mefferd Show
The Burpo-Malarkey Doctrine: