The former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, believes everything he has done for New York and this country has earned him a place in Heaven. Associate Pastor of a 14,000-member church in Brooklyn N.Y. retaliated and told Bloomberg to keep his theology to himself.
In a recent interview with New York Times on his post-mayoral career, Bloomberg discussed starting another 50 million dollar gun-control advocacy group, following his last venture with Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
The mayor believes because of all that he is doing, if his journey ended here he would be ready for Judgment Day. He pointed to his work on gun safety, obesity, and the smoking cessation as his get into Heaven free card.
"I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It's not even close," he said.
It did not take long before his boastful comments reached believers throughout the city he served in. During a Resurrection/Easter service at a very popular church in New York, associate Pastor Tim Dilena, of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Church addressed the former mayor's remarks. The passionate pastor informed his congregation that Bloomberg's statements were incorrect.
"There is nothing we can do to earn our way into Heaven," Pastor Dilena exclaimed. He went on to tell his church that salvation and eternity is a free gift, given and paid for by Jesus Christ, not something that can be earned.
Bloomberg expressed in the interview that he does not know what people think of him but "the name Bloomberg around the country," and every place he goes, he said he is a "rock star. People yelling out of cabs, 'Hey, way to go!'"