And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! (Matthew 7:23)
TRUTH: This is not a good topic because Judgment never is. It is not even a good topic to start the year off right with either – but it is the Truth. One of the most Christian things we can ever do for our fellow man is to warn them of the Wrath that is to come. Most will not believe but some will. What is even scarier than the mind-boggling sheer number who will be cast off for rejecting Son of God, is the condition of too many inside the church. Jesus is talking about a horrifying scene on Judgment Day when people from pastor to priest to pew sitter; usher and deacon will be told to leave His Presence forever. Why? Why is this so when they “did so much church work etc.”. He gives us His answer in advance so we can make things right! How so? Jesus promised this on That Day “…You who practice lawlessness”. That is an active verb. That explicitly implies those who were working in the field as “Christians” never repented, had their sins forgiven and thus, were not saved, period. Therefore, they continued in their sins to the end of their lives. But the Present Tense of that statement gives the unredeemed hope. There is still time to repent and come to Faith, will you- will they?!