Win souls or make Christians?

You hear it from virtually every Evangelical pulpit in America . It is a staple of every so- called Christian television network and the proclaimed focus of almost every Christian broadcaster. It is the call to “win souls”

The time is short they say. We must win souls. Please send your best gift so that we can win souls. We are going into all the world to win souls.

The modern church is all about soul winning. But is that what we are doing? Better yet, is that what we are called to do?

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15-16

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Math 28:19-20

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded. Is the church actually fulfilling the great commission. Or are we just filling our pews with “souls won.”

First perhaps some definitions are in order.

The gospel is defined in 1Cor 15:1-4

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. That is the gospel. There is no other. This is the gospel that Jesus preached from the beginning.

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:14-15

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Math 4:17

It is the gospel that Paul proclaims throughout his ministry.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:9

In order for this gospel to be effective it must be believed.

To believe means to trust in, rely on, adhere to. It means to commit to. It does not mean mere mental assent.

What type of commitment was expected of early believers?

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:37-38

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:41-42

And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. Acts 19:18-20

Taken together these passages of scripture show a remarkable sense of commitment that is surely lacking and in most cases not even expected in most of today’s conversions.

They were baptized immediately.

They repented of their old deeds as evidenced by confession and ridding themselves of their old books and idols

They continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine (teaching) and in breaking of bread and prayers .

What does it mean to repent?

The word repent in the New Testament is translated from the Greek word metanoeo, meaning to change ones mind. It means to turn from, to amend with an abhorrence of ones past actions or sins. It is an act of will.

It does not mean to simply feel remorse.

So, when Jesus said “Repent and believe the gospel” what was he saying?

Repent - Stop trusting in the ways of the world
Stop trusting in your money
Stop trusting in your job or career
Stop trusting in politics
Stop trusting in people
Stop trusting in your education
Stop trusting in your family or heritage
Stop trusting in so called knowledge

Believe - Commit to, rely on, adhere to, stick with

The Gospel – The death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ

A modern literal translation might go something like this.

Stop trusting in the things you are trusting in and start relying on and adhering to the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ!

This is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). This is the power of God to make you complete, spirit, soul, and body. This gospel is the power of God to supply everything you have need of throughout your life.

Is this how we do it today? Is this what we teach new “souls won” today.

Does anybody even know what the gospel is? Try this little experiment in your church. Ask ten Christians what is the gospel? Don’t just try this with new Christians, ask long time believers. Maybe you should even ask your pastor. You may be surprised at the answers you get.

Some will say that the gospel is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Some will say that the gospel is doing the works of Jesus. Many will say the gospel is the good news. I can assure you that few if any will explain the gospel as it is properly defined in 1Corinthians 15.

Do we explain that repentance means to turn from your old ways or do we just expect them to show remorse for their past sins?

Do we tell people that accepting Jesus is a life commitment. Or is it enough to encourage them to return to church next week. Or maybe encourage them to get into a good church even if it’s not ours. Maybe we make a follow up call or two. Perhaps a home visit if your church is really evangelical.

And then we accept the fact that a large percentage of these souls won will never be a part of the church. They just seem to fall away We say, well , we did the best we could, now it’s up to God. We planted the seed we say. Someone else will water it.

Of course when asked how many souls have been won to Christ in your church you still count them. Even if you’ve never seen them since the day they came forward.

It’s all about numbers. Even if they’re meaningless numbers. In truth it’s all about the glorification of flesh.

The altar call – Glorifying the flesh

Have you ever considered that nowhere in the scripture are we instructed to have an altar call.

The altar call is so much a part of most evangelical church services that to suggest that it’s not needed is almost considered heresy. But lets look at how they did it in scripture.

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. John 2:23

As he spake these words, many believed on him John 8:30

Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
Acts 8:5-6

And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. Acts 9:42

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Acts 10:44

People believed as they listened, when they heard, when they saw, when it became known. In no case were any of these people told they must come to an altar so that they could be instructed in how to say the so called sinners prayer.

Now, how do we do it?

After a sermon that may or may not include any reference to sin, righteousness, and judgment or to the gospel (as defined in 1Cor 15) attendees are encouraged to come forward and ask Jesus into their hearts. Or perhaps they are asked if they have ever made Jesus Lord of their lives. Some preachers like to ask people to come forward to make a decision for Christ Still others like to use more of a hard close by asking if you were to die tonight would you have an assurance of going to heaven.

Some are tricked into coming forward. The preacher will ask everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes. He then says quite sincerely that he wants to pray for every person who has never made Jesus Lord of their lives. If you’d like to be included in that prayer just lift your hand right where you are while no one is looking. Then comes the clincher. He says “if you have your hand raised I want you to stand to your feet” That’s right stand up for Jesus. I’m going to pray for you but I want you to come down here to the altar and we’re going to pray right here.

Potential converts are told that they must come to the altar to make a public profession of faith. They are warned that if they are ashamed of Christ then Jesus will be ashamed of them before the father in heaven. Many are told flat out that if they ignore this invitation they may miss God. He may never give them another opportunity to be saved.

As the choir begins to sing “Just as I am without one plea but that thy blood was shed for me……..”

No car salesmen ever did it better than some of the preachers I’ve seen. Of course all this manipulation of emotions will have the desired effect. Here they come, streaming down from the balconies, from the floor seats. If it’s a big auditorium or meeting you can get literally hundreds of people to respond.

Would you like to know a secret about these big altar calls you see at these big meetings. You know the ones. The mega church crusades, the camp meetings with the big name evangelists. Well let me tell you a little something. Many of those streaming forward are not coming to ask Jesus into their hearts. No they’re not. Many of those coming forward are volunteer altar workers. They are instructed beforehand to come down to the altar to help pray for those who need prayer. Sometimes there are actually more volunteer altar workers than there are converts.

And I’ll tell you something else about those coming forward. Most of them who aren’t altar workers are not coming to the altar for the first time. No, they are coming for the second time, or the third time, or the umpteenth time to 're-dedicate' their lives to the Lord.

Why do you suppose people feel a need to re-dedicate their lives to Christ? Could it be because we are not making disciples? Could it be that we are not teaching people to observe all the things that Jesus taught?

Re-dedications were almost unheard of when I was a kid. Being raised Southern Baptist we believed in once saved always saved so no one was really encouraged to re-dedicate during the regular altar call. But in recent years re-dedications have become all the rage. They add to the numbers. They make the altar call look good, especially if it’s on T.V. And of course that makes the preacher look good. The more people coming forward the greater the 'anointing'.

And that’s what this is really all about. About making the preacher or evangelist look good. To show his partners that he is out there winning souls for the kingdom. And it’s all a show of flesh. None of it is scriptural. Not one bit!

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence 1Cor 1:27-29

That no flesh should glory in His presence.

You can bet my friend that if flesh is being glorified, God is not present. And I don’t care how holy you feel or how many goose bumps you get. God’s not in it.

For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Jer 5:26-28

This is the church today. Houses of deceit, overseen by wicked men, setting snares for Gods people.

Lets examine some of the elements of the modern altar call.

We’ve already demonstrated that people in the Bible believed without any immediate external act. To believe is an act of the heart. It cannot be measured by man. Only God knows when someone is actually believing in their heart

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:10

A true minister of the gospel will proclaim the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin and repentance.

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him….John 6:44

… And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 1John 5:6

Wait just a minute you say. Romans 10:10 clearly says that with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. So you say a person must make a public profession of faith in order to be saved.

So new converts (or re-dedicators as the case may be) are coached to say a prayer that usually include the words Jesus is Lord. Or I accept Jesus into my heart. Or I make Jesus Lord of my life. Most believe that as long as a person acknowledges that Jesus is Lord that is enough for salvation.

But is that really enough?

Do you know what it means to confess Christ?

There are two Greek words translated confess (or confesseth or confessed) in the New Testament. They are translated the same but they are different words.

One word is exomologeo meaning to acknowledge or agree with.

This word is used in James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.

The obvious meaning is that unless we acknowledge our faults or sins and agree that we are sinners we cannot be healed.

The other word translated confess is homologeo. This is from two root words the first being homou meaning the same. The second root word is logeo meaning word.

So to confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus means to speak the same words as Jesus!

Every where in New Testament scripture where we are told to confess Christ the word is homologeo. To speak the same as. This is how confession is made unto salvation . By knowing, agreeing with, and speaking the words (doctrine) Jesus spoke.

This is much more than mere acknowledgment of the Lordship of Jesus. To simply acknowledge Jesus as Lord bears no fruit in regards to salvation.

And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? Math 8:29

This scripture shows that even demons acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, and thus Lord. Does this mean they will be saved?

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess (exomologeo - to acknowledge) to God. Rom 14:11

This shows that eventually every person who’s ever lived will acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus. Will this entitle everyone to eternal security?

In order for someone to truly confess Christ they must continue steadfastly in the doctrine of the apostles (Acts 2:42). They must be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom12:2).

This is what making Christians is all about. This takes time and effort. It is much more than mere soul winning.

So today in our get it now, instant success world we have great soul winners.

They preach a gospel-less, powerless message. They manipulate emotions and fill so called believers with a false assurance of eternal security. Show some remorse, the more crying and carrying on the better. Mentally assent to these magic words. Now you are saved.

We call that soul winning. God calls it an abomination.

Making Christians – True Soul Winning

Lets look at how the first century church went about soul winning.

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8: 5-8

Philip preached Christ with power. The same power with which Christ Himself preached. The same power Jesus promised unto all who believe.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Mark 16:15-18, 20

Here, Jesus promises that if we will preach the gospel, He will confirm it with signs wonders and miracles.

I’m sure this happens in your church all the time. Well, maybe not all the time but surely when the big name evangelist comes. And I’m sure we’ve all seen this from the big time preachers on Christian TV.

You haven’t? You mean that these big time soul winners don’t cast out devils. They don’t heal the sick. They don’t bring great joy to the whole city?

I wonder why not? Could it be that they aren’t preaching the gospel that Jesus preached. Could it be that Jesus will not confirm their words with signs and wonders because it is their words and not His.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.1Cor 2:1-2

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1Cor 2:4-5

Here Paul shows that the Gospel is power. It is not man’s wisdom. It is not emotional manipulation. It is not the latest self help fad. It is demonstrated power.

If you’re not demonstrating the power of God you’re not preaching the gospel. Would you like to see some more power?

Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Acts 2:22-24

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2:32-36

Peter here is preaching the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus on the day of Pentecost. Here’s the result of that preaching

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Acts 2:37-39

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41

When was the last time you saw three thousand people saved and baptized in one day?

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Acts 3:1-9

Here is another example of the gospel. Watch how Peter uses this demonstration of power.

And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Acts 3:12-16

Peter took no personal credit. He didn’t use this miracle to glorify his own ministry. He didn’t take up an offering. What he did was proclaim the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Acts 31:19-20

The result of this gospel presentation

Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. Acts 4:4

And he didn’t even have an altar call!

Now many will say that the preceding events were only for the early church. Or that they only happened for the early apostles.

My answer would be, give me scriptural evidence for that. In fact, Jesus said :

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Mark 28:20

It is clear that the early apostles weren’t going to live unto the end of the world so he must have meant this for us as well as them. In addition, as we have seen this power wasn’t limited to the original 11 apostles. Philip preached the gospel with power. Stephen did many great wonders and miracles among the people. These weren’t specially anointed power preachers. These were every day believers and this type of preaching was to be the norm in their lives.

The power evidenced in the presentation of the gospel throughout the New Testament is still available today. Jesus has never left us. We have left Him. Or perhaps I should say we have failed to present the true gospel.

Scripture tells us that there can be other reactions to the presentation of the true gospel.

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. Acts 6:8-10

Stephen proclaimed the gospel with power and it made the religious bunch mad.

And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. Acts 6:12-14

It made them so mad they lied and brought false charges against him. But what did Stephen do? Did he get mad right back at them? Did he threaten to sue them for slander? No, he used the opportunity to proclaim the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Beginning with Abraham he took them through the scriptures to prove that Jesus was the Messiah. But when he exposed their hypocrisy they couldn’t take any more.

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Acts 7:51- 53

When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth….. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:54, 57-60

After his conversion, Paul had many similar experiences.

And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. Acts 21:30-31

Now again I ask, how often do we see this type of reaction to our modern gospel. When was the last time a big name evangelist was stoned or run out of town for preaching the gospel.

I recently saw a video of a so called evangelist, a woman, allegedly preaching the gospel to a bunch of Muslims in Pakistan. She preached a message saying Jesus loves you and Jesus came to bring peace. It was a nice sweet conciliatory message. She even led them in a mass recitation of “the sinners prayer”.

This was broadcast on a Christian television network. The host of the program spent much time exalting this woman. Saying what a miracle it was that she was preaching the gospel to Muslims. How God is opening doors to the gospel all over the world. He used this to extort money from his partners so that they could continue to reach the world for Jesus.

And it was all a lie.

This woman never once presented the true gospel. She never proclaimed sin, righteousness and judgment. She never called for repentance from dead works, repentance from the false God of Islam . She never proclaimed the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

How do I know? Because if she had, those Muslims would have tried to kill her.

You see, you can talk to a Muslim about Jesus. They believe he was a great prophet. You can talk to a Muslim about God and Moses. Oh they love to talk about that. But when you tell them that Jesus died on a cross they will say no he didn’t. And when you say He rose again to keep them out of hell, they’ll get mad and accuse you of blasphemy.

Don’t think this just applies to Muslims. It really applies to the whole world. Many people will invoke the name of God without a second thought. Talk about God in a general way and everything is fine. Begin to proclaim the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and you are a fanatic.

Building the Church

Many busy themselves today with the work of the Lord. They talk about winning souls for Jesus. They say that Jesus is depending on us. They say or at least imply that until we win souls in all the world Jesus cannot return to set up His earthly kingdom.

I sometimes wonder how poor old God ever managed to lay the foundations of the Earth without us there to help him.

The truth of course is that He is in no way dependent on us for anything. The church has developed the same haughty spirit found in Satan

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Is 14:14

We were never commissioned to build the church. We are only commissioned to preach the Gospel. The building or adding of souls is totally up to the Lord. Then we are to teach the people to continue in all things Jesus commanded.

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this Rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against It. Math 16:18

Who is the builder here?

….And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:47

Who added to the Church daily?

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 1 Cor 3:6

Who gave the increase?

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. I Cor 3:7

This scripture makes it abundantly clear that we who labor are nothing. It is God who gives the increase. Our work is to die to self and allow Christ in us to build His church. Our efforts are nothing but wood, hay and stubble.

The church of today is in no way fulfilling the great commission. We preach a powerless gospel, a false gospel of peace and love. A gospel without conviction, a gospel without righteousness, a gospel without judgment .

We are failing to make disciples because we don’t teach the commandments of Jesus. Just like the Pharisees of Jesus day we teach the commandments of men. And in so doing we make the word of God of none effect.

Is it any wonder that Jesus said:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, 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. Math 7:21-23

Steve Lumbley 2003
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