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I have a question regarding Matthew 7:22: “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’" Does this mean that some people that cast out devils in Jesus's name won't be welcome into the kingdom of God? Can you give me an example of an individual that casts out devils in the name of Jesus Christ that won't make it to heaven? I have a very hard time understanding this.

Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve close disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. He witnessed many miracles, even performed many miracles himself, and was given the same authority to cast out demons in Christ's holy name. Yet, at the end, his unrepented sins prevented him from entering paradise. Thus, we must appreciate God's grace, learn to protect the gifts that He has kindly bestowed upon us, and live a life of sincere repentance.
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