I think I have heard it about a hundred times: "No Christian will appear at the great white throne, thats for unbelievers" So lets examine this doctrine with the light of scripture. Revelation 20:11-13 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. First thing to note, the dead are being raised out of the sea, out of death and hell, to stand before the throne. This is a resurrection for judgment. Everyone who is dead is raised up to be judged according to their works. So who is it that is dead? It is the 'rest of the dead' who do not have a part in the first resurrection: Revelation 20:4-6 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Who is it that has a part in the first resurrection? From this passage alone, it seems that this is a very limited scope of people. We have martyrs, those who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and the word of God. It says those folks have a part in the first resurrection and live and reign with Christ a thousand years. The rest of the dead live not again until the thousand years are finished, which is the 'second' resurrection at the judgment seat of Christ. So wouldn't this mean that not all Christians are going to have part in the first resurrection, unless they met certain criteria, such as martyrdom as we see in verse 4? I personally don't know anyone who has been martyred for the cause of Christ or the word of God.