Ten “Christians” God Will Not Allow Into Heaven

Ten “Christians” God Will Not Allow Into Heaven 

#1    You can believe in God and not be saved.

James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.” (NIV)

#2    You can acknowledge Jesus as Lord and not be saved.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (NIV)

#3    You can speak in the name of Jesus and not be saved.

Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (NIV)

#4    You can drive out demons in the name of Jesus and not be saved.

Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (NIV)

#5    You can work miracles in the name of Jesus and not be saved.

Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (NIV)

#6    You can have a zeal for God and not be saved.

Romans 10:2-3 “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” (NIV)

#7    You can evangelize the world for God and not be saved.

Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.” (NIV)

#8    You can seek to have eternal life and not be saved.

        Matthew 19:16-22

16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,

19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (NIV)

#9    You can profess to know God and not be saved.

Titus 1:15-16 “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” (NIV)

#10    You can follow and serve Jesus Christ and not be saved.

John 6:70-71 “Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)” (NIV)

See also:

Lawless Gospel

Six Signs of a False Conversion


29 thoughts on “Ten “Christians” God Will Not Allow Into Heaven

  1. Wow! I am Roman Catholic and I thought MY Church was rough… You have a really tough idea about salvation…I am greatful for the privilege to participate in the Mass, Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation. I feel clear about my religious duties and about the means to develop my spiritual growth. I prefer a positive message, not so much negativity.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    This isn’t just an idea my individual church has come up with. It is clear from Scripture. If you notice most of these are quotes directly from Jesus, the others are from the disciples themselves.

    Positive Messages are great for a pep rally. But even with the most positive pep rally often people find themselves on the losing team. I would rather hear the negative from the coach and win than the positive pep rally.

    Scripture is clear. Get out your Bible and check these verses out. There will be many who say “Lord, Lord” and yet are turned away.

    What will you do when you are confronted by the Lord for being unknown to Him. Depart from me “‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!‘” So much for being positive.

    I hope you desire to dig into God’s Word and see for yourself.

    Berean Wife

  2. While the Scriptures are clear, and I will not refute them, I think perhaps some of your descriptions of who they represent might not be entirely clear. For instance, you infer that Judas served Jesus…. we don’t honestly know how much he truly “served” him. We do know however that he stole from him (John 12:6). To say he actually “served” him, might be confusing to some. I think it would have been better for you to say that one could “give the appearance of serving.” Scripture also teaches that we cannot serve two masters. Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts, simply because there may be some new to the faith that may not understand fully. Be blessed!

    Berean Wife Reply:


    The general misconception that most Christians have about Judas is that he was noticeably different from the other disciples. See we have a hard time seeing Judas as he was when he walked with Jesus. Jesus chose Judas and knew what Judas was and what he would do. However, the disciples had no clue about Judas. Judas was an accepted member of the disciples. Not only that, he was given an honored position by the disciples to be in charge of the moneybag. You don’t give that job to a known thief.

    John 12:6 (ESV) He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.

    We must remember this was written after the fact of the betrayal and suicide of Judas. Judas was not known to be stealing beforehand by the disciples or, believe me, they would have dealt with it. These were men who argued over being at the right hand of the Lord in the kingdom. They would have had no problem pointing out Judas if it was known what he was doing.

    Remember also at the Last Supper that the disciples had no clue who was going to betray Christ.

    John 13:21-30 (ESV)
    21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
    22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.
    23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus,
    24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.
    25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?”
    26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.
    27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
    28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.
    29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.
    30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

    Notice none of the disciples had a clue who would betray Jesus – “uncertain of whom he spoke.” Even when Jesus gave the morsel to Judas and told him to go quickly and do what he was going to do, the disciples had no clue. The idea that Judas would betray Jesus was foreign to them just as the thought that they would deny Jesus was equally foreign. Our hearts can and will deceive us.

    We as Christians do ourselves a disservice when we think of Judas as embodying evil and being a totally selfish, self-centered evil person and the other disciples as serving Jesus. The other disciples where totally selfish, self-centered evil people just like Judas, except for the grace of God every one of them could have done the same as Judas did. There is nothing to separate us from being a Judas except for the Mercy and Grace of the Lord.

    As a disciple of Jesus this is what Judas did:

    • He followed Jesus. (Matthew 8:21)

    • He had no home to sleep in because he followed Jesus. (Matthew 8:18-22)

    • He listened to Jesus speaking and teaching, both public and private. (Matthew 5:1)

    • He was with Jesus when He calmed the storm. (Matthew 8:23-27)

    • He ate with sinners and tax collectors, just as Jesus did. (Matthew 9:10, Mark 2:15)

    • He saw Jesus heal the sick and raise the dead. (Matthew 9:18-26)

    • He was given authority over unclean spirits and to heal every disease and affliction. (Matthew 10:1)

    • He was sent out by Jesus to preach, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons. (Matthew 10:5-8)

    • Rebuked by the Pharisees. (Matthew 12:1-2, Matthew 15:2, Mark 2:23-24)

    • He helped feed the people when Jesus fed the 5,000. (Matthew 14:19)

    • He saw Jesus walking upon the sea. (Matthew 14:26)

    • He wasn’t the only disciple who complained about Mary at Bethany and the extravagance of her gift. (Matthew 26:7-9, John 12:4-6)

    • He may have participated in the first Lord’s Supper of the bread and the cup, albeit unworthily. (Luke 22:17-23)

    • Notice though that Judas was never rebuked by the Lord unlike Peter who was often rebuked. (Mark 8:33)

    Who of us have done so much? Service is not the issue; the heart is.

    Matthew 7:22-23 (ESV)
    22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
    23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

    So see the whole point of this passage is that these rejected people truly thought they were serving the Lord.

    I think it is more helpful to believers to understand that we might be doing everything seemingly “right” and serving the Lord in multitudes of ways. Yet when the final end comes be told to depart from the Lord because He doesn’t know us.

    While it is true that the Bible states that we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24), the Bible also states that our hearts are deceitfully wicked and will deceive us (Jeremiah 17:9). We may deceive ourselves into thinking that we are serving the Lord when in fact we are serving ourselves or another.

    Except for the Grace of God we might all turn out to be a Judas.

    Berean Wife

    Darren Reply:

    A christian or pretending Christian being the that the word christian comes out of he bible; a pretender doesn’t read their bible regulary doesn’t fellowship or pray with brothers. Or haves desires to share the gospel. They are selfish and don’t love everyone. And don’t posses the fruits of the spirit

  3. Berean Wife, Thank you for sharing all those points. I am fully aware that Judas looked like all the others, and that the other disciples did not know who he was. HE however, did know who he was; and that is my point. He never had a heart of service towards the Lord, and neither did those that said “Lord, Lord.” They only did what they did to give the appearance of being a follower. Just as so many “Christians” do today. (I would argue the point that in other countries where it is not “easy” to be a Christian, that people do not claim to be so.) I completely agree with your points that you made. However, I just felt it needed to be made clear that it is those that give the appearance of serving Christ and following Christ, that will not go to Heaven. We must TRULY make Him Lord over EVERY aspect of our lives and bow in complete submission to His will.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    “HE however, did know who he was; and that is my point. He never had a heart of service towards the Lord, and neither did those that said “Lord, Lord.” They only did what they did to give the appearance of being a follower.”

    You are assuming that these individuals have intentionally been deceptive. That they know they are not serving the Lord. I beg to differ. There are many, many individuals whose testimony points to serving the Lord in all ways possible and giving all they own to serve the Lord yet at some point the Lord opens their eyes to see that they were far from Him.

    Biblical example being Paul who did all he possibly could to serve God prior to being stopped on the Damascus Road. Paul was not putting on a show but serving at 110%. Yet he was deceived. It wasn’t until the Lord opened Paul’s eyes that he could see how wrong he was.

    There are pastors, deacons and missionaries who can attest to the fact that they served the Lord as fully as they knew how but until the Lord opened their eyes and changed their hearts they were lost.

    Here is the testimony of a preacher’s wife and missionary who did not question her salvation until years after serving on the mission field and being a pastor’s wife. She is one of many that did have her eyes opened to the truth to see that her service was as filthy rags to the Lord. Many, many today have not had their eyes opened to the truth yet.

    Charo Washer – video

    Charo Washer – PDF

    This is given from the perspective of having her eyes opened to the truth. However, if you had questioned her years before she would have insisted she was serving the Lord in the best way she could and that she was saved. She was not intentionally deceiving. We can easily deceive ourselves and others.

    That is why reading or listening to things such as the following are so helpful. There are many walking around with deceived hearts.

    Ten Tests of True Christianity

    How are You Serving God

    Ten “Christians” God Will Not Allow Into Heaven

    Six Signs of a False Conversion

    We must give the Lord our all, you are right. But many are deceived and think they have. That is why we are told to test ourselves.

    2 Corinthians 13:5-7 (ESV)
    5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
    6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test.
    7 But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed.

    We don’t know our hearts perfectly.

    1 Corinthians 8:2-3 (ESV)
    2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.
    3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

    So I disagree that all in the last day that call “Lord, Lord” would have intentionally been being deceptive and just appeared to be serving the Lord.

    Berean Wife

    Shalene Reply:

    I have actually seen her testimony. 🙂 My husband and I often listen to Paul Washer’s sermons. 🙂 I like to have discussions with like minded believers, so I hope that you did not take my comments as argument. They were not. They were simply my perception of your post. I am not a new believer, and I understand what it is you were trying to say. I was just concerned that not everyone would understand (and by that, I mean new believers) by the way it was worded. I will refrain from any further comment, lest it seem divisive. Be blessed!

    Berean Wife Reply:


    I didn’t take your comments as argument. We as believers need to discuss our faith and even the hard things. I hate the expression that you should never discuss politics or religion. If it is important you should discuss it. That is how “iron sharpens iron“.

    See here in the South we have a culture (though fast fading away) of being raised in the church. We will go through lots of stages of service as we mature – helping with children, youth camp, Sunday school teacher, deacon, even missionary, etc. You can’t share the gospel with people raised like that. They’ve done “done that and got the t-shirt to prove it“. They honestly think that they have a real faith and are serving the Lord with their whole life. Unless the Lord chooses to open their eyes there is little hope, because they are so inoculated against the real gospel. I think new believers need to understand so they can see that despite appearances of service all who claim to be believers are not. The “hypocrites” in the church is a stumbling block to many. Yet if we come to understand that many of them are deceived and will spend eternity rejected and in Hell then we will be driven to pray for them.

    You weren’t divisive and you never know who might be helped by the discussion. It might cause someone to evaluate themselves and lead to real repentance and salvation.

    Berean Wife

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  5. I am affraid of being one or most of “the 10” as I was reading I was hopeing to find the answer of how not to be. Can you tell me?

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Only by crying out to the Lord and reading His Word can you find the answer. Until the Lord opens your eyes you won’t actually understand. (1 Cor 2:14)

    These articles may give you some ideas to ponder and pray about:

    Are You Born Again?

    Hell’s Best Kept Secret

    Ten Tests of True Christianity

    Hope that the Lord will reveal Himself to you.

    Berean Wife

  6. Hello!
    I am helping set up a new website for my church (New Life Baptist in Longview, TX) and would love to post this article in its’ entirety. Would that be okay with y’all? I will also post a link citing the source and providing a link to come visit.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Church Salt,

    No problem. You don’t even have to include a link. It pretty much is just taken straight from the Bible.

    Berean Wife

  7. Man I am glad I’m atheist, we aren’t nearly so judgmental. I would have thought God would be more concerned with treating people well.

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ” – Mahatma Gandhi.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    You said:

    Man I am glad I’m atheist, we aren’t nearly so judgmental. I would have thought God would be more concerned with treating people well.

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ” – Mahatma Gandhi.


    You know I’m glad I don’t struggle with the same issues you struggle with. But thankfully you are conflicted and I pray the Holy Spirit will convict you and bring you to salvation.

    What do I mean by you being conflicted and struggling?

    See a true atheist would mean you do not believe in a God. Yet your comment and the fact that you are even reading about God on this website means you are conflicted and struggling with your claim to be an atheist. I don’t go to websites and argue with people who believe in little purple Martians who they claim will take me away from earth. If you weren’t struggling with fear and conviction you wouldn’t bother arguing with or about a God who doesn’t exist or reading a website by a quack who believes in a non-existent God.

    Not only that, you fail to be the non-judgmental atheist you claim to be! So you are judging as judgmental a God who you claim does not exist? Does that make any sense?

    Instead of guessing what God would do try reading the Bible and see what exactly He did, does and says He will do. I have quoted Him in this post. You will at some point be judged by that same judgmental God. Are you ready to stand and take it like a man? Or will you cry out that someone should have warned you like Lazarus and the rich man? (Luke 16:19-31)

    Gandhi was correct the majority who claim to be “Christians” are nothing like Jesus. But Gandhi didn’t know the real Jesus from the Bible either. If Gandhi did, he would have repented of his own false teaching. But Gandhi knows the truth now and someday all will know the truth, even you.

    I pray the Lord will open your eyes to the truth but until then it will seem foolish to you.

    1 Cor 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    Berean Wife

  8. Just so I am clear on this one, when you say “Christians”, you mean people who think they are saved but have never accepted Jesus as their Savior. Right?

    Berean Wife Reply:


    What I’m referring to when I use the term “Christian” in quotes is actually a majority of those here in the USA who claim to be Christians.

    Those who might say I’m going to Heaven because:

    – I’ve grown up in the church

    – My family are Christians

    – My Dad was a preacher

    – I went forward in VBS

    – I’ve been baptized

    – I’ve been a deacon and Sunday school teacher

    – I’m a missionary

    The Bible is clear that there are many who think they are Christians and yet the Lord will reject them because He never knew them. They may even appear to have jumped through all the right “hoops”. Admitted their sin, gone forward in a church, prayed for Jesus to “come into their heart”, been to seminary, preached, had a large church, etc….. But there was no true heart change, no true repentance of from their sin, no understanding of the Holiness of God, no seeking to glorify God in everything they do, etc. Many are trying to work their way into Heaven and think they can earn their way there.

    The post Ten Test of True Christianity based on 1 John helps explain the difference.

    Berean Wife

  9. Excellent website Berean Wife! I enjoyed your Ten Tests of True Christianity and this post. For the people who said you were being negative I think this verse sums up what they want:

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” 2 Tim 4:3

    I watched a DVD by Justin Peters called ‘A Call for Discernment’, which is about the health & wealth or prosperity gospel and when I watched the people in the huge crowds all I could see was ears being tickled. I pray that God opens these deceived people’s eyes so that they desire the truth rather than what they want to hear!

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Thank you.

    It seems that not only is ear tickling the prevalent attitude of many but also people today have lost their ability to think and reason. Nothing I shared is complicated. The verses are directly from the Bible and it doesn’t take much to understand the basic terminology. Granted unless the Lord opens their eyes they will never understand the depth of Scripture. But to argue with the plain English of a verse is just denial. They refuse to see what is plainly there to rebuke them.

    Berean Wife

  10. Great self examinations message! The one thing I’d highlight from Mathew 7:21-23 is Jesus I NEVER knew you! Not that I once knew you! Judas knew Jesus but did NOT know Who He was as Peter did! “Who do you say that I am?” you are the Christ Peter .. Jesus stated flesh n blood has not revealed this to you but my Father in Heaven! (God knowing Peter!) it’s not about our serving or self striving but in Being “born again” and allowing Christ to work in and through us …child like faith not always learning to puff up but coming to rest in His Saving Grace!!!

    In Christ


    Berean Wife Reply:


    True, one must know Jesus like Peter and John did and not just in the manner that Judas or the demons know Jesus.

    Berean Wife

  11. You have excellent posts on your website. I appreciate your clarity and, especially, your efforts to make clear what a Christian is and is not. That has long been confused in our culture, resulting in mediocrity and in deceived false believers. They need the truth for life.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Thank you. I really enjoy studying the Bible and seeking the truth which is often contrary to what is being taught in many churches today. My husband and I are part of Nouthetic Counseling because God’s Word does have answers for what we face and how we are to live.

    Berean Wife

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