Religious People Jesus Said Will Be Eternally Lost
Many religious people (even many “Christians”) will be surprised come Judgment Day. Jesus teaches us this truth in Matthew 7:21-23. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in You name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Let’s consider three characteristics of some religious people Jesus said will be eternally condemned to Hell rather than being saved on the Day of Judgment.
1) They professed Jesus as Lord. Notice that Jesus indicated that there would be people who would call Him “Lord,” but would not enter the kingdom of Heaven. These people believed in who He was (that He was the Son of God). At least, they accepted this truth mentally. Today, it is quite common for people to think that all they must do in order to be saved is believe in Jesus. However, Jesus has plainly taught us that faith only is not enough for salvation. Instead, there will be many people who have believed in Jesus and professed Him as Lord of their lives spend eternity in Hell.
2) They did some good things in Jesus’ name. Jesus not only indicated that these people professed Him as Lord of their lives, but they were even involved in some good works in His name. Specifically, Jesus said that these people will have prophesied, cast out demons, and done many wonders in His name. Today, it is common to hear folks claim that those who believe in Jesus and do more good than bad will be saved. However, Jesus has plainly taught that belief and doing some good things in your life is not the only criteria for being saved eternally. Instead, there will be many people who have believed in Jesus and done many good works in His name spend eternity in Hell.
3) They were involved in sin. Here is the reason why these people who profess Jesus as Lord and do some good works will be eternally condemned. Jesus said that it is only the one who “does the will of My Father in heaven” who will enter the kingdom of God. He says that those who do not obey Him will be cast away from Him because they practiced “lawlessness.” Lawlessness is anything that violates the law of God. Therefore, these people were guilty of not obeying the will of God by either leaving undone the things God wanted them to do or by doing the things God wanted them not to do. As indicated throughout the Scriptures, sin of any kind results in being separated from God – and dying in sin results in being eternally separated from God.
We should consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-23 as a warning to us. There will be many people stand before Jesus on Judgment Day, who expected to be saved eternally. However, even though they had professed Jesus as Lord of their lives and done many good works in Jesus’ name during their earthly lives, they will hear Jesus tell them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Determine that you will not live your life so as to be counted among this number on the Day of Judgment. Give your life entirely to God by being obedient to all that He commands of you!