I have a growing concern that we will soon be put to the test, that we will be asked to live through the most challenging and dangerous spiritual trial ever known.
Are we shortly going to be presented with a deception so subtle and so engaging that it will seem irresistible? Continue reading
I would like to draw your attention to a verse that is much-quoted but rarely understood. Indeed, it has been the cause of much speculation over the years:
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practise lawlessness.’
The Syriac version of the bible reads: “my Lord, my Lord” leading to discussions about how committed these people were. But that should not be our main focus at this time. The plain truth is that these people have appeared before God on “that day” with full expectation that they will be acceptable to God, and having had at least some form of Christianity or church allegiance, because they claim not only to have used the gifts of the Spirit but to have done so in the Name of Jesus. Continue reading