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Jesus Destroys False Faith
by Clifford Tate 
03/08/13
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Matthew 7:21-23 “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!’” NKJV

The writer of the Book of Hebrews says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This is the faith in God (as He is revealed in all the Scripture) required for a soul to enter into Heaven. Matthew Chapters 5-7 are most commonly referred to over the many centuries as the “Beatitudes”, which mean a state of supreme happiness. Now we already looked at what our Lord considers true blessings and to human standards the list the Lord Jesus gave seems far from a state of supreme happiness. To be hated by other people for Christ sake, to hunger and thirst after only that which is right like a starving person for earthly food and the others appear to be the opposite of happiness to the finite mind.

Our Lord even declared that He is the fulfillment of what the Jews knew to be the Law of Moses which also included the Ten Commandments. Now during the Old Testament days the Israelites could never keep the Ten Commandments perfectly and lived in constant rebellion, but many of the religious leaders declared themselves blameless according to the law. The Apostle Paul was one of those types of men before his encounter with the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ on the Damascus road.

Philippians 3:4-6 Though for myself I have [at least grounds] to rely on the flesh. If any other man considers that he has {or} seems to have reason to rely on the flesh {and} his physical {and} outward advantages, I have still more! Circumcised when I was eight days old, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew [and the son] of Hebrews; as to the observance of the Law I was of [the party of] the Pharisees, as to my zeal, I was a persecutor of the church, and by the Law's standard of righteousness (supposed justice, uprightness, and right standing with God) I was proven to be blameless {and} no fault was found with me. QAB

Now here comes our Lord raising the Ten Commandments to an even higher level than they were previous. Our Lord equates anger in the heart with another for no just cause to be equal with murder and He says that to look at a women desiring in the heart to have sex with her is equal to adultery. Well, if the Israelites could not keep the Ten Commandments as they were written initially, how in the world could anyone ever be capable of keeping their heart/mind or thoughts clean and pure from these things? This sounds humanly impossible. This is exactly the purpose of our Lord to show men where their acts of sin come from and it is every human heart is the breeding ground for all outward acts of sin.

Therefore, He wanted them and us to see the utter impossibility of changing our own heart desires and cry out to Him for healing. Now our Lord concludes this discourse with warnings to all the people that were listening with a word picture that they could all easily understand and make reference to as a guide when they were confronted by people that claimed faith in Him. In essence He said all fruit trees bear or shows forth fruit of its own kind going back to Genesis Chapter 1 where everything God made produced after its own kind. Our Lord speaks to all true believers and warns them to beware of those who are not regenerated or transformed on the inside in the heart. Their desire for sin and all the allurements from sin and greed has not been removed by the regenerating work of God the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The Apostle Peter speaks of them as well as the Apostle Jude and listen to what they had to say.


2 Peter 2:14-15 They have eyes full of harlotry, insatiable for sin. They beguile {and} bait {and} lure away unstable souls. Their hearts are trained in covetousness (lust, greed), [they are] children of a curse [exposed to cursing]! Forsaking the straight road they have gone astray; they have followed the way of Balaam [the son] of Beor, who loved the reward of wickedness. QAB

Jude 1:4 For certain men have crept in stealthily [gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness {and} wantonness {and} immorality, and disown {and} deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). QAB

The false professions of faith in our Lord that have taken place over the many centuries have not taken Him by surprise. I think of a scene from the movie entitled “The Encounter” that I have on DVD and have watched it many times now. The actor playing Jesus in the film speaks to this lady and says to her won’t you join your husband in believing in Me. Her response was, “I go to Church every Sunday and even teach Sunday School.” Jesus said to her, “I know you walked down an isle in Church and signed a card and was baptized but it takes more than that it requires real, true, genuine repentance (changing your mind and turning from sin).”

Unlike this movie, in that day, as our Lord refers to it, it will be the real deal and no chance for purgatory or any second chance at all and it will be tragic for these many to find out that their faith was false and not real. Also unlike us our Lord is a Holy and Righteous Judge who will not be swayed by vain arguments of what was done in His name although none of it was for His Glory because they were void of His nature. Notice the glaring two statements in this passage, the first from those with false faith was have we not done these things in Your Name. They did not desire to fall at Jesus’ feet to worship and adore Him expressing love for Him, but only to speak of what they did for Him and not what He did for them. Second our Lord did not even respond to the supposed things done by them, but He said, “you who practice lawlessness or sin.” The faith that does not deliver from the dominion of sin is not faith given by Jesus Christ. It is faith without works of righteousness accompanying it and that faith is man-made and not God given.

1 John 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. NKJV

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” NKJV

“The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are at opposite sides of the same coin.” A. W. Tozer

“It is not my aim to introduce doubts and fears into your mind; no, but I do hope self-examination may help to drive them away. It is not security, but false security, which we would kill; not confidence, but false confidence, which we would overthrow; not peace, but false peace, which we would destroy.” Charles Spurgeon


“I hold to the doctrine of sudden conversion as I do to my life, and I would as quickly give up my life as give up this doctrine, unless it can be proved that it is not according to the word of God. Now, I will admit that light is one thing and birth is another. A soul must be born before it can see light A child must be born before it can be taught; it must be born before it can walk; it must be born before it can be educated.” D. L. Moody

“The teaching of a false prophet cannot withstand scrutiny under the divine light of Scripture.” John MacArthur

“The early Christians condemned false doctrine in a way that sounds almost unchristian today.” Vance Havner


Sincerely in Christ,


Clifford D. Tate, Sr.

Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…

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