“21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
Self righteousness justifies self. Any message that does not require denial of self and allows room for “self improvement” is iniquity. Until we deny ourselves, our self efforts and self will, we cannot accept what Jesus has done on Calvary’s Cross for victory over the power of sin. It is not possible to overcome sin in our own efforts and have faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the same time. We are practicing iniquity.
“For by Grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
The criteria for Salvation and Sanctification is not prophesying in the name of Jesus. Casting out devils is not the criteria for Salvation and Sanctification. Doing many wonderful works in the name of Jesus does not justify one’s self. Anything we or anyone else does to justify ourselves or another is iniquity and will always fall out to self righteousness.
“You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:19-20
Many believe in God but have not accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. They don’t believe in their heart that the work Jesus Christ has done on the Cross saves them from eternal damnation. You will know them by their fruit because their works are dead…their works are iniquity in the eyes of God. It is not that they (the workers of iniquity) don’t “work” but their work is unprofitable (dead) because their faith is dead. Proper faith will produce proper work.
“33 And He (Jesus) answered them, saying, Who is My mother, or My brethren?
34 And He looked round about on them which sat about Him, and said, Behold My mother and My brethren!
35 For whosoever shall do the Will of God, the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother.” Mark 3:31-35
Not everyone who proclaims to be a Christian is a Brother and Sister in the Lord. Beware of those who work iniquity.
-Donna Clark Warren