‘The Most Terrifying Words You Could Ever Hear’


The following are excerpts from Mike Gendron’s August 2018 PTG newsletter, which arrived via email today:

The Most Terrifying Words You Could Ever Hear

The most terrifying words a professing Christian could ever hear would be Jesus saying, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matt. 7:21-23). The Lord Jesus will declare those horrifying words to many, not a few, who will boast in the many works they did in His Name. They called Him Lord but did not obey His first command to “Repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Who are the “many” who will be turned away on Judgment Day? …

The Lord Jesus … referred to the “many” when He spoke of the two paths to eternity. Many will travel the broad road to destruction instead of the narrow road to eternal life (Matt. 7:13-14). Rather than striving to enter the narrow gate by testing every man’s teaching, they foolishly follow false teachers, who are wolves disguised in sheep’s clothing (Luke 13:24; Matt. 7:15).

It is a sobering thought to realize that 83% of Americans profess faith in Christ, but only a few of them show evidence of being … new creatures in Christ. … Part of the blame must be placed on man-centered methods of evangelism such as making a decision to “accept” Christ, or repeating a sinner’s prayer, or asking Jesus into your heart, or coming forward for salvation. None of these methods are found in the Bible. The only saving response to the Gospel of Grace is to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15; Acts 16:31). Part of the blame can also be placed on those who compromise the Gospel to make it more inclusive and less offensive (Gal. 1:6-10).

With so many false converts, the church has become a mission field. Many professors of Christ are not really possessors of Christ! They are strangers … They have never passed from death unto life. They remain condemned because they have not been justified. They remain enemies of God even though they profess to be His friends! They remain enslaved to sin because they have never been set free. They profess the Savior with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. They deceive other people with their external righteousness, but they cannot deceive God! They are unaware of their pending peril, because they have never examined themselves to see if their faith is genuine (2 Cor. 13:5).
The best way we can prove our faith is genuine is to examine it through the lens of Scripture. The apostle John wrote his first epistle so that those who believe in the Lord Jesus may know that they have eternal life (1 John 5:13). We also see many characteristics of false converts in God’s Word. Some of them are listed below:
  • You think you are a good person (Romans 3:12).
  • You have a zeal for God without knowledge (Rom. 10:1-4).
  • You have knowledge of God without obedience (Titus 1:16).
  • You do not pursue sanctification (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 4:3).
  • You are self-righteous without repentance (Luke 18:9-14).
  • You seek to establish your own righteousness (Rom. 10:3).
  • You think you can merit or earn eternal life (Titus 3:5).
  • You are unwilling to forgive others (Mat. 6:15).
  • You have no desire to follow Jesus (Luke 9:23).
  • You call Jesus ‘Lord’ but do not do what He says (Luke 6:46).
  • You do not love other Christians (1 John 4:20-21).
  • You love your sin (John 3:19).
  • You have not departed from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19).
  • You condone or promote things God hates (Prov. 6:16-19).
  • You are a mere hearer of the Word, not a doer (James 1:22).
  • You are full of pride with no humility (James 4:6).
  • You walk in darkness (1 John 1:6).
  • You live according to your sinful nature (Romans 8:5).
  • You do not love the truth (2 Thess. 2:10-12).
  • You take Jesus as Savior but not as Lord (Romans 10:9).
  • You desire Jesus as a priest to pardon sin, but not as a prophet to instruct you or a king to rule over you.
Please know the assurance that we are truly saved is not based on a past decision but on a present reality. So what if we are unsure about our faith and our salvation? We find the answer in God’s Word:
  • Abide in God’s Word – then you will know the truth that will set you free from religious deception (John 8:31-32).
  • Repent – with godly sorrow for your sins and cry out to God for mercy (Luke 18:13; 2 Cor. 7:10).
  • Believe the Gospel – follow the Lord Jesus Christ in faith (Rom. 10:9-10).
  • Love God – with all you heart, soul and mind (Mat. 22:37; 1 Cor. 16:22).

Mike Gendron is a former Roman Catholic, who is now a Protestant. I edited out certain points that were mainly his misunderstandings.

That being said, he is correct that most who profess Christ are not really Christians.

He is also correct that most who profess Christ are not willing to obey (see also The Ten Commandments: The Decalogue, Christianity, and the Beast and Christians: Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, Biblical instructions on living as a Christian).

He is also correct that many have a false conversion (watch the video: False Conversion).

Jesus said:

22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:22-32)

The true Christian church is a little flock (see also Where is the True Christian Church Today?).

But those in it, who truly live as Christ wants His people to live, do not need to have fear.

As far as the rest, God does have a plan. His word (see Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis) and His Holy Days (see Should You Keep God’s Holy Days or Demonic Holidays?) lay that out.

Several items of possibly related interest may include:

Christians: Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, Biblical instructions on living as a Christian This is a scripture-filled booklet for those wishing to live as a real Christian. A related sermon is also available: Christians are Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God.
Is God Calling You? This booklet discusses topics including calling, election, and selection. If God is calling you, how will you respond?
The Ten Commandments: The Decalogue, Christianity, and the Beast This is a free draft/unedited pdf book explaining the what the Ten Commandments are, where they came from, how early professors of Christ viewed them, and how various ones, including the Beast of Revelation, will oppose them. A related sermon is titled: The Ten Commandments and the Beast of Revelation.
Christian Repentance Do you know what repentance is? Is it really necessary for salvation? A related sermon is also available titled: Real Christian Repentance.
The Two Trees: Only Two Ways of Life This is from a two-part radio broadcast from Herbert W. Armstrong.
Real Conversion Many think that they are converted Christians. But are they? Would you like to know more about conversion?
False Conversion! Have you really been converted? Herbert W. Armstrong wrote an article on this important subject–but more scriptures have been added to it. How can you tell false conversion? A related video is also available: False Conversion.
All About Water Baptism What is baptism? Would you like to know more about it. Herbert W. Armstrong wrote this as a booklet on this important subject. As far as early history, see also Baptism, the Early Church, and the Continuing Church.
Laying on of Hands This is an elementary principle of Hebrews 6. Have you properly had hands laid upon you? Here is a link to a related sermon: Laying on of Hands and Succession.
Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from most Protestants How the real Church of God differs from mainstream/traditional Protestants, is perhaps the question I am asked most by those without a Church of God background. As far as some changes affecting Protestantism, watch the video Charismatic Kenneth Copeland and Anglican Tony Palmer: Protestants Beware! [Português: Esperança do salvação: Como a igreja do deus difere da maioria de protestantes]. A sermon is also available: How Does the Church of God Differ from Protestantism?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. [Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja do deus?]
Where is the True Christian Church Today? This free online pdf booklet answers that question and includes 18 proofs, clues, and signs to identify the true vs. false Christian church. Plus 7 proofs, clues, and signs to help identify Laodicean churches. A related sermon is also available: Where is the True Christian Church? Here is a link to the booklet in the Spanish language: ¿Dónde está la verdadera Iglesia cristiana de hoy? Here is a link in the German language: WO IST DIE WAHRE CHRISTLICHE KIRCHE HEUTE? Here is a link in the French language: Où est la vraie Église Chrétienne aujourd’hui?
The Last Great Day: Shemini ‘Azeret What is the ‘eighth day’ of the Feast? What does it help picture? A sermon on this topic is also available: Shemini Azaret: The Last Great Day.
Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis Do you believe what the Bible actually teaches on this? Will all good things be restored? Will God call everyone? Will everyone have an opportunity for salvation? Does God’s plan of salvation take rebellion and spiritual blindness into account? Related sermon videos include Universal Offer of Salvation I: God is love  and Universal Offer of Salvation II: The Age to Come and the ‘Little Flock’ and Universal Offer of Salvation III: All Are to Know Jesus, But When? and Universal Offer of Salvation IV: Will the Guilty be Pardoned? and Universal Offer of Salvation V: All Israel Will be Saved? A version of the main article was also translated in the Spanish language: Oferta universal de salvación: Hay cientos de versículos en la Biblia que apoyan la verdadera doctrina de la Apocatastasis.
Should You Keep God’s Holy Days or Demonic Holidays? This is a free pdf booklet explaining what the Bible and history shows about God’s Holy Days and popular holidays. A related sermon is Which Spring Days should Christians observe?

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