YOU DID WHAT IN MY NAME?


You did what in my name?


“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Matt. 7:21-23



BUT LORD, OUR WORSHIP SERVICES ARE AWESOME!
North Central University (a Pentecostal university in Minneapolis, Minn.) Chapel Spokesperson, Betsy Tolingsworth explains, “The church is locked into a bloody battle with MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and Star Wars, for the hearts and minds of the young people of this country. We need to prove our worship services are a mind-bending, edge of your seat thriller experience just like any other entertainment venue. Plus, we spent so much money on this stuff, we’re kind of stuck using it now.”


BUT LORD, WE BUILT THE BIGGEST CHURCH IN THE U.S.A.!



BUT LORD, I SPOKE WITH TONGUES AND DANCED IN THE SPIRIT!




BUT LORD, I HEALED THE SICK!





BUT LORD, I RAISED THE DEAD!





BUT LORD, I PREACHED TO MILLIONS!





BUT LORD, I CAST OUT DEMONS!





“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matt. 25:31-46





So what am I saying here? Shouldn’t Christians pray for the sick, build churches, preach and cast out demons?

Yeah, sure. But we have to look at the difference between the people on Jesus’ left (goats) and on his right (sheep) to truly understand what these scriptures are telling us. We have to look at their attitude – the intent of their heart.

The “goats” are those who have acted in a self-serving manner, thinking primarily of themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Notice they say, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” They boasted about their works. But what was Jesus’ answer?

Unbelievably, he said “I never knew you”! They were arrogant and proud, the very sin of Lucifer. It appears that the goats are those who want to “make a name for themselves.” Now where else do we see that?

In Genesis 11:4 it says, “Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.'”

God didn’t scatter the people who were building the Tower of Babel because He was afraid they’d reach the heavens, even though that’s what most Christians believe. That’s ridiculous! What would God Almighty need to be afraid of?

No, God punished them because of their pride and arrogance.

On the other hand, Jesus pointed out that those who fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked, invited in the stranger, and visited the sick and imprisoned would spend eternity with Him.

HE KNEW THEM!

And He knew them, because they acted like He did. They operated in the same Spirit as Jesus, and didn’t even realize it! It was natural. “When did we do those things?” they said. Their true salvation is in the fact that they never thought twice about doing the things Jesus did, because He lived in them. His Spirit – the Holy Spirit (see the Fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5) – dwelt in them. It was obvious to the King that these “sheep” had truly accepted Jesus into their hearts, because He witnessed the outpouring of His love into the lives of others.

THIS IS NOT A SOCIAL GOSPEL, NOR IS IT SALVATION BY WORKS.

No, we must accept the atonement Jesus provided for us on Calvary to enter eternal life, but if we don’t have works to prove our faith, then we don’t have faith. It’s as simple as that.

And for all those who are arrogant and want to make a name for themselves, there is hell to pay. Literally.

I will say here that in the last 35 years I have witnessed more pastors and church leaders who are full of themselves than I care to mention. They may do “good works,” but it’s usually with the intention of taking credit, gaining power, making money, increasing the size of their churches, and gathering the adulation of men to themselves. I’ve seen it over and over and over again. And recently, I learned of another pastor caught up in a five-year-long adulterous affair, who has not and will not be corrected properly because he has no real accountability to anybody. This is the height of arrogance and pride. It scares me to think of the consequences, especially because I love this man.

I realize I’m not without fault, but I also have not set myself up as a ruler or teacher over others, then lorded over people in such a manner as to “make a name for myself.” “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” James 3:1

It’s safe to say that Jesus doesn’t truly “know” people like this, even though they have titles, degrees, gifts, callings, mega churches or great ministries. Pride and arrogance suck salvation right out of men’s souls, leaving them “whited sepulchres, full of dead men’s bones,” just like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.


He hated what they represented then, and it’s no different today.

We must stay humble if we expect to follow Jesus. It’s the only way.


“Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:5-10




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Posted on May 4, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Greetings, very heavy conversation.

    Gail…I love ur post…and Vaga Bond….sounds good….it is a very serious matter to be entrusted to teach the Father”s children.
    Motives are the key…..Thanks for making us think!!!! Dennis-God is Good and many are still in the prison of sin……we are his children called to take the good news into everyman’s world.

    I raised my daughter to have the attitude “there but for the Father’s grace go I.” Love…as we all labor to enter into rest…and know we are his sheep and can hear his voice. Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail…..let’s grow where we are planted..and remember we are called to serve….rest in his love and faithfulness..the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. That day will come when every tongue and tribe is around his throne. Our work will be over….let’s work to see Jesus recieve the Glory he suffered and died for….mankind. Love in our Precious Lord.

  2. Logs and specks…this blog entry isn’t about that. It’s about who we choose to serve and in what attitude we serve. It’s about lords lording their power over the laymen, mere men calling themselves “men of God”…all “in the name of God.” In other words, not serving but being served.

    Dylan had it spot-on:

    You may be an ambassador to England or France
    You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
    You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
    You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

    You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
    You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
    You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
    They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

    You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
    You may be the head of some big TV network
    You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
    You may be living in another country under another name

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

    You may be a construction worker working on a home
    You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome
    You might own guns and you might even own tanks
    You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

    You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
    You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
    You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
    You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

    Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
    Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
    You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
    You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

    You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
    You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
    You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
    You may call me anything but no matter what you say

    You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

    As Dennis put it:
    “The ‘goats’ are those who have acted in a self-serving manner, thinking primarily of themselves and what they’ve accomplished.”

    “They were arrogant and proud, the very sin of Lucifer.”

    “I realize I’m not without fault, but I also have not set myself up as a ruler or teacher over others, then lorded over people in such a manner as to ‘make a name for myself.'”

    “It’s safe to say that Jesus doesn’t truly ‘know’ people like this, even though they have titles, degrees, gifts, callings, mega churches or great ministries. Pride and arrogance suck salvation right out of men’s souls…”

    Yep, that’s right. The only “serving” they’re doing is serving the devil! All the good works in the world don’t mean crap if it’s done in pride and to make a name for oneself.

    I’ll keep takin the logs outta my own eyes as long as I’m imperfectly alive, but I “sure as hell” ain’t choosin to serve the devil.

  3. Can we just call a spade a spade?

    These are money-grubbing charlatans and snake oil salesmen. They have been around since the beginning of time and will always be working for their own prosperity and financial gain. Self-appointed ‘healers’ who fly alone in a personal jet aircraft that can hold over 100 people.

    Televangelists who convince poor people to send in a one-thousand dollar check to their ministry and in return they will receive a blessing from God.

    Revivalists who get trashed after the ‘outpouring’ by pouring out a twelve-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon into their gluttonous bellies, laying up in the hotel with the female assistant, while the wife and children are at home

    And even a little closer to home – How about the church that raises just over a quarter of a million dollars for a new church building and just sits on it, skimming the interest to keep the salaries paid while the congregants that put up the money are losing their jobs and homes.

    My favorites are the folks that call themselves missionaries at home. You know the ones that say that they are on a ‘mission from God’ and that we the people of God have to support them and their families while they go about their ‘mission’ unsupervised with no oversight.

    Come on people, how long will we allow ourselves to be led by the ones ‘making a name for themselves’. They are building multi-million dollar kingdoms for themselves to ‘rule’ over. Bigger, higher, better. More is not the message of the Gospel.

    “Come let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens.”

    It is no different today than it was after the flood.

    We are being fooled by the hypnotic words of men who know how to mingle a little truth in with ‘the lie’. (I wonder what ‘spirit’ that is? Nero, Pilate, Jezebel, Judas, Amnon?)

    If this is Christian, I want nothing to do with it.

    The ones that He did not know, were the ones who claimed that they had done great things in His name. Yet He is the one that said, “when I was hungry you gave me food and when I was naked you clothed me”… and they replied “when did we do this?”

    And he said. “That which you have done to the LEAST of these, you have done unto me.”

    To the Pastor’s Pastor and the name-makers, the money grubbing home missionaries and the ‘ruling elders’. To the yes men that encourage these to continue in their folly I pray one thing. That the humility of God overtake your arrogance and pride. That you trade your authoritative ruling positions for the greatest position: SERVANT

  4. Just a comment to the previous comment –

    God knows all of the garbage in each of our lives, and yeah we certainly can’t judge the soul of someone else. But Christians have buried their heads in the sand way too long.

    We’ve been blinded by “following man” and think we can’t judge, debate or protest the actions and words of the Church, leaders and all. The writer of the comment states – “Keeping our eyes on HIM enables us to move forward in what HE has planned for us to do each day, so we can come to complete destiny in Christ as a whole body, and love those who have not come yet into the Kingdom of God, into the Kingdom. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little…one day at a time. We must remain aware of what is happening in the world and in the body, and we must ask God for our direction from HIM in all of it, and move forward acting for HIM and with HIM.”

    Hey, why does everything have to be so “spiritual?” If I’ve submitted my life to love God, then I believe He guides me daily. He gave me the sensibility to judge what’s not kosher and the choice and common sense to do what’s right. His love is an all-consuming fire. It’s in me daily already, pushing me forward. It fumes at injustice, it wraps itself around the abused and those suffering, its voice never stops.

    As far as loving those who have not yet come into the kingdom, I think the body of Christ needs to take more than a long, hard look at the Church first. What Christ do we represent? And do we really know who has not yet come into the “Kingdom?” Let the almighty Church take a deeper look into the mirror.

  5. I agree with you on this Dennis…Very Well put…And what truly are the thoughts and intents of the heart? Only God can fully know them…for man’s judgment of someone else’s thoughts and intents can only be tainted. Man’s thinking and reasoning is skewed because of sin and that interferes with clear sightedness…we see through a glass darkly…and we all only know in part. When we keep our hearts and minds focused on HIM, then we can see more clearly…and we can still miss it by a mile…Lord have mercy on us and help us to take the log out of our own eye before we try to get the speck out of our neighbor’s eye. Keeping our eyes on HIM enables us to move forward in what HE has planned for us to do each day, so we can come to complete destiny in Christ as a whole body, and love those who have not come yet into the Kingdom of God, into the Kingdom. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little…one day at a time. We must remain aware of what is happening in the world and in the body, and we must ask God for our direction from HIM in all of it, and move forward acting for HIM and with HIM. We must do what we know to do in HIM so it will not be sin unto us.

  6. Good thoughts Dennis!

    This is why in two places in Revelation it speaks of the saints as “those who keep the commands of God AND have the faith in Jesus.”
    Action + Faith.

    And also to the church in Sardis He wrote: “you have a few names still in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they WILL walk with Me in white for they are worthy.”

    We have forgotten our God is a God of action. He REQUIRES holiness. It is not an option. He told the woman at the well “Go and sin no more.” Not – “It’s okay. I have Grace upon Grace for your willful disobedience. I understand that you really don’t want to follow me – you are really serving yourself, but come on in anyway.” NO!

    We cannot revel in our sin and think we will gain access to his kingdom. Faith without works (action) is DEAD!

    This = no salvation at all!

    Thanks Dennis!

  7. I wish more people would write and comment about the freedom of realizing we are nothing and God is everything. God is no respecter of persons. If He shared His love in such a personal way with me, He is more than capable of doing that with everyone. He doesn’t need flash, awesome music, biker-friendly signs or pomp and circumstance. Everything does not need to be fantastic, miraculous, or ready to please. His treasures have nothing to do with this world’s goods.

    It is His love that is boundless to all and He is the only one who deserves all of the accolades and standing ovations.
    His Spirit is the Teacher of all teachers; it is He who is our Great Shepherd and Wonderful Counselor.

    How much better is it that we come to know HIM in His fullness rather than people full of themselves?

  8. Dennis, this always makes me check and examine. And that is good. Thanks, for the fear of God is a blessing, if we allow it to work in us what is good. Take care and keep writing and bringing the truth.

  9. Humility is absolutely neccesary to truly serve the Lord. The Lord does not care about outward appearences!!!! His true concern is our heart attitudes and the condition of our spirit and soul. Anyone who thinks this is not the case is sadly decieved!

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