Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21).
Back in Spring 2017, I met a girl at a Copley Mall’s Barnes and Noble. She approached me as I was waiting to get a vacant chair. I was right at a “Self-Help” isle.
Those who know me well will confirm about my former obsession with self-help books. My house was full of them thinking, maybe if I walk on a hot coal then I’ll be the next Oprah. A decade later of reading and practicing self-help, I was still in dismay.
On this particular day, I had no business of standing at a “self-help” shelf other than convenience. I had to keep an eye on whoever vacate their table.
This lovely, mid-twenties, girl approached me. She asked, “which book would you recommend I buy for my friend?” She went on to say “she likes reading this kind of books.”
My response based on my past experiences. It is no secret I’ve read everything from “Think and Grow Rich” to “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” “Outliers,” The Richest Man in Babylon,” “The Power of Now,” and many others in between. On this particular day, I happened to be holding on my hands, as I am waiting for a chair, “The Science of Getting Rich.”
I said to her, “How about the Science of Getting Rich?” She asked, “what is it about?” I said to her, “I don’t know. I just happen to spot it as I am standing here waiting for an empty chair.” I said, ” I have read a lot of self-help books in my life. It all depends on your friend’s situation.” I asked her, “Does your friend want to get rich? or be successful?” “Is she struggling with emotions rollercoaster or need happiness?” I explained how Self-help is broad. Yes, you’ll find a wide variety of information on how to help yourself in whatever situation. I just don’t know what to recommend.
She wasn’t interested to hear all that. She was on a mission. I happen to believe she didn’t even have her purportedly “friend” who likes self-help books.
I don’t remember how our conversation shifted but I remember she was quick to make me aware she was a Christian. And that she doesn’t read these kinds of books. I jumped in with joy and told her “I am a Born again, Bible-believing Christian too.” She wasn’t convinced for the fact I held “The Science of Getting Rich.” I came out clean and told her my brief history. We bonded over our belief. She left.
Next time we met she introduce me to her friend who is a missionary in DC. Another lovely young girl in her perhaps late twenties or early thirties. She is also zealous for Christ. I found them both to be impressive. I was attracted to their love for the Lord.
Over the course of the following weeks, I asked them to teach me exactly how they evangelize. The girl in DC had in-fact quit her hospital career to be a full-time missionary. She rents in Washington DC. She is living off her savings. She was running out of money. He family lives in a different state. I honestly didn’t know how to respond to her determination. Who am I to judge the Lord’s servants.
It didn’t take me long, about four days, to figure out the path she was taking was false if not dangerous. We are seeing all kinds of cults in Christianity. That is exactly what the Lord foresaw long before the foundation of the world and foretold on His famous sermon on the Mount, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). It is sad to say there are many allegedly Christians who will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
This girl introduced me to a new doctrine. Its foundation is Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” According to her, Christians will enter the Kingdom of heaven based on how many scriptures they memorized.
She translates “I” as though it stands for a believer. That is so unfortunate. Nowhere in the Bible where “I” speaks in regards to anyone other than God Himself. Besides, you can’t call a person standing next to you “I come here!”
God clearly stated, “I (meaning Himself) will put My (His) laws in their (meaning third personal plural) hearts and write on their minds.” Even a kindergarten kid know “I” doesn’t mean you or any other persons other than a first person singular. Besides, the very scripture she is writing in her head is not her laws. It is God’s laws. He said, “I’ll put My laws.” So, how do you justify that? I have no idea how they came about this strange teaching.
Paul wrote on 2 Corinth 11:4 “For if someone comes and proclaims a Jesus other than the One we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the One you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it way too easily.”
I asked her “are you saved?” she replied, “I hope I am.” She doesn’t know if she is saved. She went on saying, “maybe Jesus will see I have done a good job memorizing the Bible and let me in heaven.” I was confused to say the least. She learned this from a seminary school according to her.
Like a girl who met me at a bookstore, she is a Bible teacher. They go out, on streets, library or wherever they can meet people and teach amateur Christians and unsaved people that they need to memorize scriptures to be saved meanwhile they themselves don’t know their future.
I was patient with her for three days we spoke. I wanted to get as much information as I could. Oh, and she even told me from the beginning “don’t ask any question until the end.” It was a red flag however I obliged.
Last time we spoke I was filled with the Spirit. I didn’t pre-meditate on anything rather went along with her teachings. But in the midst of our session, I saw so many errors. Then I started to ask questions. She dodged every question I asked. Cultic people want to teach you their doctrine and never want to learn from you. Everything I asked was designed to show her errors, false doctrine and hopeful she would repent and be saved.
Being prideful, She didn’t repent. I preached to her the gospel and I saw a girl shrink in my own eyes. She was too proud to admit her mistakes even when she saw them. We haven’t spoken ever since.
My prayer is she get saved together with her friend in Boston who introduced us. They both go around spreading a man-made gospel. They think they are serving the Lord only to find themselves being told “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” Matthew 7:23.
There is a Narrow and a Broad way. They both promise entrance into heaven. One of them is indeed going to heaven while the other is directing people in hell. I’m afraid of a broad road. It is very attractive hence deceives many. In our next article, we will discuss the differences between a narrow road and a broad road in details and how to avoid the one promise heaven yet lead to hell.
Until next time, Soak your face in the Word. Amen