Some of the biggest challenges I face as an evangelist are the things people THINK are in the Bible or they BELIEVE Jesus taught. The evangelist, like the statue carver, must chip away everything that doesn’t belong. Some of these beliefs are so firmly attached that it requires a lot of pounding. Below is a list of things folks THINK Jesus said, but never did. Perhaps this list can help you in your personal work. (editors note; there are far more than these listed and may show up in a future article. Seb)
The uppercase words are ‘things Jesus never said’
Jesus never said… “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, TO ASK ME INTO THEIR HEARTS.”
What He really said… ”…baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” [Mat 28:19]
Jesus never said… “Mt 7:1 Judge not, AND REMAIN SILENT WHEN YOU SEE FOLKS DO EVIL.
What He really said… “that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Mat 7:1-2
Jesus never said… “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them TO CHOOSE 1 OR MORE OF 58 GENDERS?”
What He really said… “made them male and female,” Mat 19:4 [cr. Gen 1:27]
Jesus never said… “IT’S MY OPINION”
What He really said… “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Mat 28:18 [cr. Mt 7:29]
Jesus never said… “If the world hates you, REMEMBER, CHANGE WHAT YOU TEACH TO CONFORM WITH THE TIMES, MAKING IT EASIER TO FOLLOW SO EVERYONE WILL LIKE YOU AGAIN.
What He really said… “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18
Jesus never said… “Neither do I condemn you, go and DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY.
What He really said… “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” [John 8:11 the woman caught in adultery]
Jesus never said… “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to ETERNAL LIFE, and many there be which go in thereat:
What He really said… “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” [Mat 7:13-14]
Jesus never said… “I am A way, A truth, and A life: ANYONE CAN GO TO THE MOTHER ON THEIR OWN.
What He really said… “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [John 14:6]
Jesus never said… “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my churchES;
What He really said… “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” [Mat 16:18]
He also said… “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” [Mat 7:24]
And, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” [John 14:15]