" Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23
In today’s mailing I would like to consider the impact of this prophecy straight from the mouth of Jesus. I like to call this section of scripture “a sneak peek at the final judgment!” Four things come out rather clearly about said judgment:
- You are not going to just stand there like a bump on a log before the throne of God. You will speak, present your case, and be judged largely on what you have done with the words of Jesus. (Vs 24)
- What is today often described as “liberalism” would seem to be the direct cause of the condemnation of a vast majority of Christians in the day of judgment. I.E. A good conscience was not a substitute for a scriptural foundation for their faith.
- A religion based on hype rather than substance is an utter failure. I. E. Spirited, emotional worship is just not enough. (see also John 4:24)
- These folks absolutely did not consider themselves “liberal.” They would likely have called themselves “conservative”… but their works are of their own contrivance, i.e. they were not the works of Jesus.