And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
The words of the Lord Jesus
The Sermon on the Mount
In this series I’m outlining pure foundational truths about the Kingdom of Heaven, a spiritual kingdom.
The teachings of Jesus as found in the Sermon on the Mount, in the synoptic gospel of Matthew chapters 5 to 7, are part of the True Christian Gospel.
These amazing teachings of Jesus, recorded in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, are the anti-thesis of the Prosperity Gospel of American Prosperity Gospel so-called pastors and tele-evangelists such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Paula White, and Australians Brian Houston of Hillsong, Phil Pringle of C3 Church, and many other so-called Pentecostal churches throughout the world- who are not really Pentecostal churches at all but Mammon (Money) and Property-Seeking churches.
They have had their reward in full on this earth.
Lesson 30 from the Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount is recorded in the gospel of Matthew chapters 5 to 7.
I’ve been to the gently sloping hill above Capernaum, near the shores of Lake Galilee in Northern Israel, where the Lord Jesus taught his disciples and the gathered large crowds and gave lessons about the true nature of the Kingdom of Heaven
1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
Ask, and It Will Be Given
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
The Golden Rule
12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
The Authority of Jesus
28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” 23 And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
The words of the Lord Jesus
Yesterday, in the previous article in this series on The Sermon on the Mount, we looked at an exhaustive list of false prophets.
I’m always conscious of the gravity of calling someone a false prophet.
Forty years ago when I was 21 and a two year old Christian, I told some Christian single friends who were planning to marry that they shouldn’t be living together prior to marriage. Their response was to say to me, “you are a false prophet”.
More recently, I was told by some Hillsong-aligned Christians that I have mental health issues for writing against their errant views. The magistrate, who heard an AVO (Apprehended Violence Order) application by me against one of this group, who harassed me with a small group of Hillsong-type Christians, and committed a low-level assault on me, recommended to the defendant that he see a mental health professional. I hope he has. Long-time readers of this site will know who I’m writing about.
So I know what it’s like to be called names.
In the school playground when I was young, there was a lot of name calling, personal attacks and sarcasm against one another. A lot of it was in fun but a lot of it was in malicious, hurtful and harmful, and not fun or edifying. This was in the 1960s long before PC (political correctness). Life was tougher and more honest, and in some ways better. There are way too many rules now in Australia on every level, and Australia is often called a ‘nanny state’.
It is not me, but the Lord Jesus Himself, describing and cautioning against false prophets and explaining their characteristics, their teachings, their actions and their ‘fruits’.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven
As in all life, our actions must back up our words.
It’s one thing to mouth off allegiance to Christ and His Word, but how are our actions aligned with our pledges and commitments?
The ‘will of the Father who is on heaven’ is revealed in the words of the Holy Bible, and in these words alone.
We must be very careful not to add to the parameters and words of the Holy Bible. Everything between Genesis and Revelation is equally authoritative, although the whole Bible must be examined through the prism of Christ, His Death and His Resurrection.
There we have three great and central doctrines in the Holy Bible: the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of Christ’s Sacrificial Death on the Cross, and the doctrine of Christ’s Resurrection.
Cults and heresies often attack at least one of these doctrines. For example, the Jehovah’s Witness deny the Deity of Christ.
22 On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?”
The prophets of Baal prophesied in the Lord’s name. They called all for many hours to the Lord and did primitive rites, but nothing happened. Fire from Heaven failed to arrive.
In 2015, Australian Pastor Phil Pringle of C3 Global Church, with over 1000 churches all over the planet in it’s orbit, prophesied in God’s name over the errant Pastor Kong Hee, head pastor of City Harvest Church Singapore, “We pronounce deliverance in Jesus Name. Not one night will this fair head spend behind bars”.
Kong Hee went to jail eight days ago.
Is Phil Pringle a false prophet since he prophesied that Kong Hee’s “fair head” would never spend a night in jail? No, Phil Pringle has been a false prophet for a long-time, maybe for over ten years. One time he prophesied a message over an Asian at City Harvest Church Singapore calling them another Asians name. Maybe Asians all look the same to Phil Pringle, maybe he’s got early dementia or maybe he’s a false prophet.
Phil Pringle ought to be more careful with his words and prophesies.
I once heard Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong trying to cast out demons from a man at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst. Brian used to prophesy over people. Now he just goes to long lunches, which is a lot safer for everyone.
23 And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
This is one of the scariest scriptures in the Holy Bible.
One of my sisters and her husband are Universalists. Universalists believe that all religions lead to God- a major heresy.
The term ‘workers of lawlessness’ means people who disobey the will of the Father, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
The Prosperity Gospel of Australians Brian Houston of Hillsong and Phil Pringle of C3 Church, Americans Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, Benny Hinn, Credlo Dollar (love the name), Joel Osteen, and so many other so-called “pastors” and “teachers” who preach the Prosperity Gospel, is a direct violation of the Holy Bible. God is not a cash register for us to dip our greedy hands in.
The true Christian gospel of the Lord Jesus, the great Apostle Paul and the Early Church Fathers- Peter, James the Just, the brother of Jesus, who was the head of the Early Church in Jerusalem, Matthew, Mark, Luke the physician, John the Beloved, who wrote the gospel of John and the Epistles (letters) of John, and Jude- is the antithesis to the Prosperity Gospel.
It is not that we are judging and condemning these Prosperity Gospel so-called “pastors” and “teachers”.
The Prosperity Gospel so-called “pastors” and “teachers” condemn themselves by following heretical views which are contrary to the Word of God, as revealed in the Holy Bible.