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JESUS STRAIGHT TALK - Sayin’ It Don’t Make It So!

Matthew 7:21-23 (p. 679) June 11, 2017


I had an Elder in West Virginia named Jack Clay. He grew up in the coal. He and his wife Hazel were some of my favorite people…at 86 he still parked in the back of the parking lot so new people could have a better spot. He fell in his garage changing a light bulb one day…didn’t tell anyone…then came to board meeting that night…and we had to rush him to the hospital for brain surgery. He spent 2 weeks in the hospital and walked out. Jack couldn’t hear very well and during one meeting we were talking about resurfacing the parking lot…and Jack got mad and stood up and yelled. “If you are going to spend $3,600 on coffee pots you’re crazy.” Another of our leaders tugged on Jack’s sleeve and said, “PARKING LOT, JACK…PARKING LOT!” He laughed and said, “Oh…well that’s different” and sat down.

I remember Jack commenting about new projects and ministries with these words more than once… “Sayin’ it don’t make it so!”

And then Jack would volunteer to help. He would show up and be there no matter whether it was resurfacing the parking lot or men’s breakfast…Jack didn’t just talk about stuff…He did stuff…He supported stuff. He helped make it “so.”

On the heels of talking about false teachers and leaders and the fruit that they bear…In the context of wolves among sheep…Jesus makes an amazing statement…One of the most powerful Jesus Straight Talk moments recorded in scripture…He says:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven.”


Let me make one thing very, very clear as we start this discussion. Neither Jesus or I, are talking about a works theology of earning His grace and salvation.

In fact, it’s clear in this discussion there were some who tried that method.

Jesus indicates that on the Day of Judgment, “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 in your name perform many miracles?”

Clearly these are individuals who believe they’ve done a lot…they believe that the stuff they’ve done should gain them entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. And it’s not little stuff either…It’s preaching…teaching…engaging in spiritual warfare with demons…it’s miracles.

Jesus isn’t talking to the crowd here…He’s talking to the church…He’s talking to people who defend themselves with these words:

“In Your name we prophesied!”

“In Your name we cast out demons.”

“In Your name we performed miracles.”

It sure seems to me that the problem is the statement “In your name.” Jesus uses this statement 3 times in 1 verse.

My point is…doing stuff in “the name of Jesus” can make you feel good like you’ve earned kingdom entrance…but if you have no real relationship with Him…If He doesn’t really know you and you don’t really love Him…it’s worse than doing nothing at all because it leaves you deceived.

This might be one of the most heretical and damning teachings of the Church today. It’s certainly one of the greatest tools that our enemy, Satan, uses to deceive people who have a loose association with Jesus in the Church today.

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