have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
"I NEVER KNEW YOU - DEPART FROM ME!" Those hearing on Judgment Day those awful words will protest that what they did was done in the name of Jesus. But they were not His; they did not know him personally. Oh yes, they most certainly used His name, but they were neither His followers nor His friends. What they did in His name was not righteous but nefarious in the extreme, for they had actually robbed Him. They had freely and purposefully engaged in the most heinous identity theft ever perpetrated. They had stolen His name. And they had used it falsely.
THEY NEVER KNEW THE LAMB;
THEIR FAITH WAS JUST A SHAM;
THEIR MINISTRY? A SCAM!
"In your name we've done this, in your name we've done that. Amazing things. Spiritual things. In your name... in your name... in your name... in your name... in your name... in your name..."
FRIENDS, I IMPLORE YOU TO PAY HEED TO THIS URGENT WARNING. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS USING THE NAME OF JESUS IS NO GUARANTEE WHATSOEVER THAT HE OR SHE IS A LEGITIMATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL. ALL TOO MANY ARE ACTUALLY THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLES, UNASHAMEDLY USING THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE ALL OTHERS FOR THE CREDIBILITY IT LENDS TO THEIR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY.
"Identity theft is a type of fraud that involves
using personal details of someone else."
(Source: Simple Wikipedia)
The definition of fraud, as found in the Collins English Dictionary, is:
1 deliberate deception or cheating intended to gain an advantage
2 an act of such deception
3 informal a person who acts in a false or deceitful way
Thieves of the Lord's identity. Fraudsters. Deceivers and cheats. Pulpits and platforms everywhere are now full of such puffed up chaff masquerading as wheat, reprobate men and women referencing a Redeemer they don't know, a Christ of convenience whose stolen name obtains for them a passport to the land of opportunity. Fame... Power... Wealth... They can be so, so convincing, and seem so, so sincere - and never more so than when they've even successfully conned their own selves. Such are worthless wells without water, mirages of oases, dealers in deep delusion, great pretenders "whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." (Philippians 3:19)
"Identity theft is the deliberate use of someone else's identity, usually as a method to gain a financial advantage or obtain credit and other benefits in the other person's name, and perhaps to the other person's disadvantage or loss."
Yes, well, we all know - or should know! - that gaining financial advantage through using the Lord's name is rife in the Church; the Word of Faith "prosperity gospel" hucksters have long got fleecing the flock down to a very fine art. But it's not just those with dollar signs lighting up in their eyes who are suckering the sheep in order to gain a personal advantage. Celebrity status and power and control are also major motivations for the unashamed and the unscrupulous to engage in this most terrible crime of stealing the Lord's identity. When wisdom and discernment are at an all-time low, when so many pastors are not shepherds but hirelings, when experiential and experimental "Christianity" has so very largely superseded Bible-based belief, such Satanic trickery thrives.
The perilous times we were warned would come (Ref. 2 Timothy 3:1) have arrived. Big time. In the name of Jesus, huge numbers of Hell-bound fraudsters are deceiving countless people into trusting in a lie which leads them like lemmings to the cliff, for His name is being cited when He has never sanctioned or has anything whatever to do with their utterances or their actions.
FRIENDS, THERE IS ANOTHER JESUS ABROAD. A BOGUS JESUS. SAY WHAT? THE APOSTLE PAUL WARNED THE CHURCH THAT A DIFFERENT JESUS COULD BE BEING PREACHED, WITH A DIFFERENT GOSPEL AND IN A DIFFERENT SPIRIT (Ref. 2 Corinthians 11:4), AND THEY COULD WELL PUT UP WITH THIS! HOW RIGHT HE WAS! MANY, MANY FOLKS NOW HAVE ACCEPTED AND ARE WORSHIPING THE JESUS OF THESE IDENTITY THIEVES, A FAKE JESUS OF THE IMAGINATION AND NOT OF THE BIBLE. ONLY THE TRUE JESUS HAS POWER TO SAVE. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BE A BEREAN AND CHECK ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING AGAINST THE SCRIPTURES. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BE COMPLETELY CERTAIN THAT THE LORD YOU LOVE IS THE REAL ONE, THE WORD THAT WAS MADE FLESH, AND NOT THE LORD OF THE FRAUD! IF YOU GET IT WRONG, THERE QUITE LITERALLY WILL BE HELL TO PAY...
"Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely,
neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God:
I am the LORD."