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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Morning, July 7, 2019

“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” (Matthew 7:21-23).

I take my text from verse 21,

“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” (Matthew 7:21).

This sermon is not based on my own thoughts. It is based on the words of Christ Himself, and the comments of the great Puritan commentator Matthew Mead (1629-1699). The Bible commentator John MacArthur correctly endorsed Mead’s book, The Almost Christian Discovered. I endorse it also.

“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” (Matthew 7:21).

A person may have much knowledge, much knowledge of Christ, and yet be lost. The Pharisees had much knowledge, and yet they were a generation of hypocrites. Alas! many have gone with much knowledge to Hell! To know only to know more is based on curiosity. To know to show off what you know is only vain glory. To know and practice what you know is true Christianity!

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A person may have great spiritual gifts and yet be lost. The gift of prayer is a spiritual gift. A person may pray wonderfully and still be lost. A man may have the gift of preaching and not be saved. Judas was a great preacher. Judas said, “Lord, Lord, we have [preached] in Thy name, and in Thy name have cast out demons.” He may out-pray, and out-preach real Christians and yet not be a real Christian. A man may help others by his prayers and preaching, and yet not be helped at all himself.

The power of preaching and praying does not depend on the authority of the preacher, but on the authority of God that blesses it. Someone may be converted by his preaching, and yet the preacher himself be cast into Hell! Pendleton preached to Sanders in Queen Mary’s day to stand up for the gospel he had preached, and yet afterwards became an apostate that went to Hell! I have known young men who were powerful preachers, but afterwards were proved to be only hypocrites! A man may preach like one of the Apostles and pray like an angel, and yet he may have the heart of a demon! A man may have the greatest gifts and yet be a lost man himself. A great bishop said, “Poor, illiterate people get to Heaven, while we, with all our learning fall into Hell.” A man may have the greatest gifts, and yet be only a lost man. One ounce of true grace is worth more than ten pounds of gifts. Judas followed Christ! he preached the gospel of Christ, he cast out demons, in the name of Christ, he ate and drank at the same table as Christ; yet Judas was only a hypocrite, who went “to his own place” in Hell! He that pretends to be holy and yet does not practice godliness “has a form of godliness, but denies the power.”

A person may profess to be a Christian, and yet never have his heart changed. He is a hypocrite who appears to be a good Christian, but is filled with pride and rebellion. Many appear to be righteous, but they wear their righteousness as a mask, to hide the pride and rebellion of their hearts. That describes a man who went through seminary and was ordained. But his heart was not changed. So he left our church to follow after a pretty lost girl. “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (II Timothy 4:10). That describes Kreighton L. Chan, who proved to be only a hypocrite when his pride and rebellion became visible, when his mask was torn off and we saw him as a hypocrite.

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have [I not] preached in Thy name? Then will I say to them: Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Rats and mice may live in a house. But when the house seems to be falling, they run away, for they look for another place of safety. The happy days in a church bring many false hypocrites into it. But when the church shakes, they run away – proving that they are not real Christians no matter what they said before. Here are some of them.

One man said, “Where He leads me I will follow. Whether I face troubles or hardships Jesus...has given me life. Praise the precious name of Jesus.” Yet this man was the first person to run away from our church when the split began.

A Chinese girl said, “I want others to know the great things God has done for me. May God use my life to be His witness.” But she ran away from the church even before the split began!

Another young Chinese man said, “I cannot express how great it is to be saved by Jesus...I want others to know the great things Christ has done for me.” Yet a short time later he left the church to follow Chan, and showed that his words meant nothing. He was still only a lost hypocrite, going to Hell!

A young man from Vietnam said, “With all the love Jesus has for me, I cannot love Him enough. I give my life for Jesus, my Saviour.” A year later he betrayed the Saviour, and left the church with the apostate Chan.

Another young college student said, “I thank God for making me clean through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But soon after she said that, she went back to the sins of the world and left our church.

A Japanese/American girl said, “My testimony is so simple. I trusted Jesus, and He saved me” – and she repaid Him by leaving the church and going with the apostate Chan!

A Mexican man said, “I was shown mercy by a loving Saviour, and this I will never forget” – But a short time later he forgot what he said, and ran after the apostate Chan. I have a photograph of him standing with the rebellious hypocrites, near the apostate Chan.

A young woman from China said, “Jesus loves me! Now I want to sing for my Saviour, Jesus Christ!” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But very soon she betrayed our church, and ran off with the apostate Chan!

Someone told me, “Dr. Hymers, don’t bring in more Chinese people. They are all two-faced hypocrites!” True enough, unless they experience a real conversion they are as lost as the ones I mentioned here. Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

“Cheap grace” and “easy believism” are new terms, but “Antinomianism” is not. Martin Luther (1483-1546) gave us the phrase. It refers to those who want all the benefits of salvation but none of the obligations (Soli Deo Gloria Publications, jacket cover of Matthew Mead’s The Almost Christian Discovered, foreword by John MacArthur).

One of the apostate Chan’s people says, “Dr. Hymers thinks no one can be saved unless they attend his church.” Apostates like him will tell almost any lie to cover up their lost and wicked sins. And I’m not surprised this man lied like that, for he knows perfectly well that I have never said that – nor do I believe it.

But I do believe that the church is “the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). Those who leave His church weaken His Body. Those who attack His church, attack His Body. Those who split His church, split His Body. Those who are not members of His church, are not members of His Body. Many new-evangelicals do not take the Scriptures seriously. That is why they apostasize from Christ’s Body!

Some people call that the “landmark” view. I don’t care what you call it, it is the Biblical position. The church is the “Body of Christ!”

I am asking you this morning to come to Jesus. He has risen from the dead. He is seated at the right side of God, up in Heaven. Come to Jesus. Turn away from worldliness and sin. Trust Jesus, and He will cleanse you from all sin with His precious Blood! Trust Jesus and you will become part of His Body, which is the church. Amen.

If you would like to speak to us about trusting Jesus please come and stand here at the front right now. While we sing hymn number 5, “Just As I Am,” you come.

Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy Blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of sin’s dark blot,
To Thee whose Blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
   (“Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871, altered by the Pastor).