Through some business dealings I have recently been exposed to a local "Holiness kirke" (church) that makes all kinds of claims that they do things in the name of "Jesus Christ." Their business card actually states that their "services" are at 7 PM Wednesday nights and at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon. Then their boast appears on the card that they provide "Salvation/Deliverance/Healings/Miracles & Counseling in the name of Jesus Christ."
Their preacher with whom I was talking expressed to me that they really can do these things and even "cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ." He said that when he was young that he was quite wild, drank a lot, and did other things that were contrary to sound doctrine, and that his mother attended a church where there was a prophet in residence. This prophet told her that the next "Sunday" her son, this preacher, was going to come to "church" with her, be saved, and take up the gospel as a preacher, or words to that effect. There were some other small actions in line with this "prophecy," and all of it happened just as the "prophet" stated. To him this was solid proof that what he was doing was the will of "God."
Some of the things they say they can do are specifically mentioned in scripture by Yahushua as being done by individuals who are "lawless," or not in obedience to Yahuwah.
MattithYahuw (Matthew) 7:21-27 Not everyone who says to Me, 'Master! Master!' will enter into the kingdom of the sky but he who does the will of My Father in the sky. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Master! Master! Have we not prophesied in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23 And then I will confess to them, 'Because I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' 24 Therefore whatever individual hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to an intelligent man who built his house upon the rock, 25 and the heavy showers came down, and the rivers came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for its foundation was upon the rock. 26 And the individual who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand, 27 and the heavy showers came down, and the rivers came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall."
Note that the main theme of the above passage is that no matter what kind of "miracles" seem to be accomplished by these lawless individuals they are still not accepted by Yahushua because they are not in obedience to the word spoken by Him and therefore not in obedience to the will of the Father. They are called "foolish" because they have built their house on the sand, and their house will be destroyed at His coming.
One very obvious act of their disobedience by this group is using the secular pagan names of the week to define when their services are to be held. "Wednesday" is the day of the week dedicated to Woden, the pagan deity of many different powers whose wife was Frigga (the pagan deity whose day is Friday - see the article under the heading About Names, titled Pagan Names of the Weekdays, on the web page, www.considerthis.net). By using the name "God" for our Creator they are actually calling on a pagan deity of fortune that can be found in scripture whose name is usually pronounced as "Gawd" by English readers. By calling Him "LORD," they are actually referring to Him as the pagan deity Ba'al because that word, "lord," is the direct translation of that name. Yahuwah stated explicitly that He does not want to hear the names of ANY pagan deities come from our mouths, so by using these names they are in direct disobedience to Him (Shemot [Exodus] 23:13).
Another blatant violation of the will of Yahuwah is forsaking the seventh day shabbath in favor of the Roman Catholic "Christian Sabbath," or "Sunday," the day of the pagan deity the sun. By doing this they remove themselves even further from His will and word. Nowhere in scripture is any mention ever made of changing the day of rest to some day other than the seventh day (to them "Saturday," or the day of ther pagan deity Saturn). As a matter of fact, Yahuwah states in too many places in scripture to cite in this article that to violate His shabbath isolates people from Him. He hallowed and gave the day to mankind as the day of rest and never changed it, but man did.
So you should now be able to see that by all of these things they are defintely NOT in obedience to Yahuwah or Yahushua and therefore will hear the words, "Because I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
Why do they believe these things? Quite simply because they do not have the love of the truth in them.
2 Thessalonikeos (Thessalonians) 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the loving affection of the truth that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason Yahuwah will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but were well pleased in unrighteousness.
Note that it is said that these individuals "were well pleased in unrighteousness." Many people really do not understand that word "righteous" and its variants. All it really means is "correctness." If you are correct, you are righteous, nothing more, nothing less. Since these people are NOT correct, they are therefore "unrighteous."
What I have written here actually applies to every "Christian" denomination that meets to worship on the first day of the week and uses the pagan names in their ordinary conversations. They also do not inderstand that we MUST worship Yahuwah EVERY day of the week, and the seventh day is our day of rest, just as it was His day of rest after the creation. For those that think that the shabbath observance was part of the Law of Mosheh and was put aside by being "nailed to the tree," consider this. There were ten words (commandments) given in Shemot 20:1-17. If in fact those ten words were "nailed to the tree," no longer valid, and shabbath is now on the first day, then we can now murder at will, steal anything we want, commit adultery with whomnever we please, etc. etc., etc., with no consequences whatsoever. If one word was put aside, then all ten words must go. I doubt very seriously that any reader would even consider that to be the way it truly is, so why then discard the seventh day?