Shocking title? I know . . . just stay with me on this. The Bible says:
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
This verse tells us that as we near the End of the Age, people will perform miracles and prophesy in the Name of Jesus, but they will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven because they practice lawlessness. Up until a few years ago, I could not comprehend this. I would look at the following verses and say to myself “If they are doing miracles in Jesus’ name, certainly they must be working for Him!?”
Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.”
Contrary to what you may think, this is NOT a contradiction in the Word. Yeshua was addressing His disciples before His death and resurrection. People would hear Him and His teaching and would put Kingdom principles to work. Although there was sin in the land, lawlessness had not reached its full strength.
At the End of the Age, when “lawlessness will abound” (Matthew 24:12), people will be led astray. Putting these Kingdom principles to work, they will perform wonders in the name of Jesus, fully convinced that they are doing His work! They will run to Him, calling Him “Lord,” but will not get into the Kingdom. Why? Because they practice lawlessness!
How many christians do you know that have no respect for the Law of God? Nowadays, the majority of our churches do not serve God according to His Word. They won’t preach on sin, the blood or hell (or many other pivotal doctrines). They serve a “god” of their own creation.
The video below is from Jenn Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California. It is deceptive . . . it is wrong . . . but I feel we need to watch it to learn the tactics of the enemy so that we won’t be deceived. If you watch, you will see how lawlessness is slipped in under the radar and people are led astray.
As you can see, it is SO SLICK how the enemy (and those used by him) can slip in little tiny snippets of deception and deceive an entire generation. A friend of mine once said, “The worst kind of deception is the deception that makes sense.” This is a true statement.Kevin Kleint
Originally written June 19, 2011