I heard an amazing testimony today. It was by Charo Washer, the wife of missionary and evangelist Paul Washer of Heart Cry. She spoke of, how at age 32, she became saved after going through the motions for years. She’d been a missionary, sharing the Word of God with many, and had an impressive ‘Christian resume’ but she was never a true Christian. I don’t want to give too much away so please read her testimony here or listen here. I will say this — It caused me to search my heart and go before the Lord desiring confirmation. In no way was I crucifying my Lord all over again, but just desiring assurance. I was speaking with a friend last week about a few things I have been dealing with and we both discussed how, in the past, this passage of Scripture has had us both nervous:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV
Who wants to be that person who THINKS they are saved but find out when it’s entirely too late ? So many ‘Christians’ are going to hell because of blindness and a deceitful heart… especially many of those sucked into the health / wealth / prosperity gospel that many wolves are teaching these days. So many have turned Christ into a magic genie, a blessing vending machine… and it’s sad and so very evil.
A few months ago, I watched this clip on a news site and found myself getting EXTREMELY angry. And what gets me is this — the # of people who are ready to defend this heretical gospel. In the clip, the ‘pastor’ tells of how his congregation gave him a jet and a vehicle. WHAT!? He needs a jet because the airlines don’t fly his schedule!? Man… What about all of these other pastors (and even music artists) who use good ol’ airlines to fly to TONS of places, to participate in various engagements? It makes me SO MAD. There’s even a woman on the clip who says the Kingdom of Heaven SHOULD be rich. Where is this in the Holy Bible ? Sometimes I wonder why the Lord hasn’t offed these people yet. I will be honest and say that. I know it’s not the most LOVING thought, but it kills me inside to know that so many people are being coaxed into hell through these various prosperity ministries. The ‘pastor’ in the clip ends the interview by saying, “As long as we can see lives change and hope restored, it’s worth it all”. Even worth going to hell and being responsible for helping others there !? A muslim can have a changed life and restored hope, but does that mean they have Christ ? No, and that is the most important factor in it all — Christ the King. Not money, not cars, not houses, not a ‘changed life and restored hope’, but JESUS. Where is the Gospel these days ? The TRUE Gospel ?
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:6-9 ESV