Monday, July 21, 2014

Lying in Jesus’ Name

The Word of God warns us: “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). Also, “Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (Proverbs 30:6).

Background to This Week’s Article

Recently, or rather this past week, The Lord rebuked a brother for taking the word of a person above His Word and commands. The message which was supposedly from the Lord does not sound correct Biblically. The message that this brother received from this well-known woman of God was that he had done enough already for the Lord in terms of sharing the Gospel (witnessing), and that he should slow down. How absurd!

The Apostle Paul who is considered to be the greatest missionary and witness of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ did not consider his work of witnessing as complete when he said, “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16). Regarding signs of the end, the Lord Jesus said "And the gospel must first be preached to all nations" (Mark 13:10). Preaching the gospel is something we do out of obedience to the Lord till the end.

Now, The Lord has commanded me not to share on this website the vision He gave us this past Wednesday (July 16, 2014), in which He rebuked this brother while referring to the lies that were told in His Name by this well-known witness or woman of God. When someone asserts that “Jesus says to you…” or “Jesus told me to tell you…”, when He really did not send the person to say that in His name, that person is a liar. Doing so also makes the person a false witness and associating Christ with a lie that grieves the Holy Spirit and The LORD; it is the devil and people who are liars (John 8:44), not God, for the Bible clearly states that God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2). The Lord warns us that purposely lying in His name is a serious sin that results in punishment (Proverbs 19:5, 9; Revelation 21:8).

Lying to Please and Attract People

Brethren, the Body of Christ is faced with a new problem: false witnesses. In our context, a false witness is someone who purposely lies in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Kindly allow me to personalize this to you: it is very dangerous for your own soul and salvation to lie in Jesus’ name, thinking that you could use His name to win converts and people’s approval. While I am not allowed to share the vision we recently received on this matter, I am permitted to say, with the seriousness of this message, the fate of this individual is in the Hands of God (Ecclesiastes 12:14; 1 Corinthians 3:13).

Furthermore, the Lord said that no matter how good, convincing and well-intentioned our message may be, lying in His name is a punishable sin (Colossians 3:9; Proverbs 13:5; 19:9). Among the things that The Lord hates is a lying tongue and false witnesses who pour out lies (Proverbs 6:16-19). Remember Paul said: “…so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize (1 Corinthians 9:27 NIV). In his testimony and witnessing, Paul spoke the truth faithfully (2 Corinthians 11:31; 1 Timothy 2:7). As followers of Christ Jesus, we must be faithful and truthful witnesses of the message of salvation. People fall for truth and believe in Him because TRUTH requires TRUST and it comes with loyalty and faithfulness to Him. Our testimony as Christ’ witnesses should be based and anchored on TRUTH. Let me also say this: if you tell lies, you draw loyalty to yourself, and not to Christ; He is TRUTH! (John 14:6) and He testified to the truth (John 18:37).

As it is, since it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18), if Christ Jesus was a liar as many in the Church and in the world still regard Him, God the Father would not have accepted His sacrifice. Therefore, our Lord’s sacrifice of Himself was accepted and God seated Him at His right Hand as testimony to His victory over sin and the death which came as a result of a lie from Satan (Psalm 110:1; Mark 12:36; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 12:1-2; Colossians 3:1).

Therefore, the new type of “ministry” attracting people today with lying testimonies and fabricated “visions” aimed at keeping people in awe and loyal to the gift is not from God (Matthew 24:24-25; 2 Peter 2:1-3). In our False Witness article and subsequent articles thereafter, we pointed out as the Lord revealed to us, that some people made up stories of Heaven, Hell and visits from Him. This has undoubtedly become the new way of attracting people and money.

Consequences of Lying in Jesus’ Name

Through the years, I have received countless emails from people who wrote voluminous words supposedly from the Lord. In some of these letters, people claimed that the Lord gave them certain signs that would occur before the rapture. Some in their tricky lies, claimed that the Lord has postponed or delayed His coming. This is not Biblical, and it goes against the Scripture that says: “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19 NIV). God is immutable and not like a shifting shadow figuring things out (James 1:17). He has predetermined everything to happen at the times He set out by His WISDOM and AUTHORITY (Acts 1:7).

Consequently, those who set dates and predicted certain events of violence have been exposed, for they lied in the name of the LORD and this has led to the destruction of many people’s faith in the Lord. The Bible warns that these false teachers/pastors will be punished for the lost souls who stumbled as a result of a false message or revelations (Jeremiah 23:2 KJV). The prophet Hananiah prophesied lies in the name of the Lord (Jeremiah 28:1-17); he met a bitter end, and so would this prophecy apply to all those who blurted out lies in the name of the Lord (Jeremiah 23:12-15).

Meanwhile in our ministry, as small as we are, there was once someone who succeeded but was exposed by the Lord in giving us some false and fabricated visions for attention. Some of those visions made some Scriptural sense, if you know what I mean; one could tie one up and make it Scripturally relevant. Admittedly, at first I was also deceived and led to believe those lying visions, but after questioning and the uneasy feeling I would experience, I would put such “revelations” aside while waiting to hear from the Lord. In a mighty rebuke, the Lord exposed this lie and the person involved confessed and admitted that he had made up the visions. The Lord indeed searches the hearts and examines the secret motives (Jeremiah 17:10).

We have had people sending us messages wanting to confirm some word they received from someone if it was from the Lord. Kindly allow me to say this: The LORD does not allow people to test Him. In some case, He will simply not answer and we will know the person is either trying to test the Lord or He did not pray or have enough faith to receive confirmation. Therefore, if the Lord is to confirm a word, He will confirm it through a powerful vision of the actual event.

As a further testimony, we have had some people and children lying to us using in the name of the Lord, and in visions He would actually show us (through Charis) what happened in order to authenticate His message while exposing the lie told in His name.

In Jesus’ name, beloved brethren in Christ, please refrain from lying in the name of the Lord saying He said certain things which He actually did not say, or false claiming He did certain things for you so that you can lure people over to you or try to make your testimony appealing. You are working against your salvation and the LORD will not welcome a false witness in His Kingdom! Therefore, kindly take this message as a serious warning. DO NOT LIE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! I once heard somebody telling me that as long as people speak things in the name of the Lord, even lying about gifts and revelations, it is good “as long as it get people saved”. In Jesus’ name, you are being a false witness – your lies are not needed to uphold truth from Christ Jesus! Remember our works will be burned through fire to allow only truth to stand (1 Corinthians 3:13).

How to Guard Against False Teachings and Lies

Finally, here are some ways you can yourself against lies purported to be in the Lord’s name:

1. Develop intimacy with God through study the Word of God and earnestly praying for deliverance from deception (Joshua 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:15)

2. Build a deeper faith in God and a sensitive spirit to the Holy Spirit, seeking His help for understanding/discernment (Matthew 24:4-5; James 1:5).

3. Love the Truth and seek to obey God's Word (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Do not seek to hear only what is appealing to the ears or the flesh (Jeremiah 5:31; 2 Timothy 4:3).

4. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1 ESV; 2 Peter 2:1-22).

5. Check all teachings against God's Word (Acts 17:11). "For God is not a God of confusion but of peace..." (1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV)

6. Repent and seek to do only God's will in obedience (Matthew 7:21-23).

Have you been lying in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, or have you believed or shared lies that were presented to you in the name of the Lord? If so, please repent. If you are not yet born again, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Love,

Brother Glenn.