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.'
The other day I had the opportunity to share the gospel with a waitress who was waiting on our table. I was meeting with a friend, who is the pastor of a local church, and she overheard our conversation and asked what church we attend. When I asked her about her faith or whether or not she believed in God, she said she did. But then she proceeded to tell me that she worships God in her own way and that she does not believe it matters to God what we think of him or how we worship him, just so long as we do. I then asked her what she would think if she was in a relationship with a man who told her he loved her and wanted to be in a relationship with her, but really didn’t care to know anything about her or even to get her name right. He thought it would be perfectly fine to call her by some other name and simply make up information about her that he preferred. Would she want to be in a relation with that kind of person? Her answer, of course, was ‘no’. I then proceeded to explain to her that God is a real living being; he is a person who desires to be rightly known by those who worship him and desire to be in a relationship with him. It simply will not do to say, “I love God and I believe in God and I worship God, but I don’t believe he cares how we know him or what we believe about him.” God has made clear in his word, we either approach God on his terms or we do not approach God at all. God desires to be rightly known, and the only way to know God is through is Word.
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