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It is joyfully reported from pulpits today:

I did not come to judge the world, but to save it – John 14:47, NIV

This verse is met with claps and loud “Amens” in the charismatic churches I have been attending, as the preacher goes on to proclaim other supporting verses, such as:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him – John 3:17, NIV 

But such preachers are forgetting to read and teach the entirety of Christ’s Gospel to their congregations and are therefore leading many astray as many so-called believers today think that one prayer of salvation gets them into Heaven and that there is absolutely nothing else required of them.  After all, God is love and Christ died to save sinners. Just believe and be saved. That’s the whole Gospel, right?

But listen to Christ’s words which surround the “I did not come to judge the world, but to save it” statement:

47As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.
48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. – John 12, NIV

The very words that Christ spoke WILL CONDEMN people in the last day…people who say they are believers yet do not obey Christ’s words.

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words … and does not put them into practice  (he) is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” – Luke 6, NIV

Combine this statement with:

21 “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. – Matthew 7, NIV 

Add these Truths with James’ teaching … James who grew up in the same household with Jesus:

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. – James 1, NIV

Deceptive words are indeed coming from today’s pulpits.  Words of “peace” and “safety” when really Judgement and the Day of God’s Wrath is on its way.   Preachers are telling masses everywhere that “you are loved just the way you are”, that you are “accepted in the beloved”, and that God is out to bless you and not harm you.

While these are Truths, these are half Truths without the full Gospel being preached to hearers to tell people how to walk pleasing to God, so that God’s blessings can come into our lives:

3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.
7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 4

In other words, IT DOES MATTER how you live and God WILL judge the one who does not obey His Words.
James 1:22 (above) said, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves” … and we would do well to believe and obey these words.  It is up to US whether we will be deceived or not.

So watch over yourself … you very own eternal soul.  Guard your heart and your mind closely and choose to obey God’s Words alone!  Weigh every preacher’s sermon against the Word of God and be careful about who you will believe and be taught by … even when you seem to be the only one looking at the Word and actually reading it and obeying it.  If God says YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED if you don’t obey Christ’s Words, then believe God!  Don’t believe the preachers.

Current charismatic preachers can seem so “right” on their large platforms in front of huge gatherings, with their successful ministries and extremely zealous and seemingly concerned way of stressing to you that YOU ARE SAVED without a change in your attitude or lifestyle.  After all, “God is love!!!”  They seem so right as they point fingers in people’s faces who oppose this teaching, while dogmatically stressing to their hearers, “IT IS BY GRACE ALONE THAT YOU ARE SAVED”.    (If they truly love and have such great concern for their congregations and want them to walk in the peace, grace, joy, and love of God, they should just as zealously be teaching the people HOW to walk freed from the mastery of sin!)

But it is not your preachers words that will save you at the End of this Age of Grace! 
No matter HOW dogmatically and convincingly he can preach this message! 
47 “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him.  For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.  48   There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him t the last day. –
John 12, NIV

9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor
adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. –
1 Corinthians 6, NIV

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. –
Galatians 6, NIV
 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. –
1 John 3, NASB 

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his
eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father
but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. …   24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—even eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. –
They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. –
2 Thessalonians 2:11,12  NIV
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