Quick Reference for Misquoted Words of Jesus Christ

The Pharisees Question Jesus by James Tissot (1836-1902)

A quick reference to guide you from not falling into the pit of misquoting words of Jesus Christ by modern preachers, churches and denominations to reject His teachings!

Misquoted Words of JesusActual Teachings of Jesus
Christ loves the whole world (John 3:16)Christ love only those who keep His words / commandments (John 14:23-24; John 15:10). He doesn’t even pray for the world (John 17:9)
Jesus is a friend of sinners (Matt 11:19)Jesus is a friend to those who obey Him (John 15:13)
All who believe in Jesus receive everlasting life (John 3:16)All who practice evil don’t believe in Jesus and are already condemned (John 3:18-21)

Receive everlasting life if we believe in Jesus (John 5:24)

Only those who do good will have resurrection of life (John 5:29)
Eternal security to all His sheep who follow Him (John 10:27-28)Eternal life to those who deny themselves, take their cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23-24)
All are our neighbours (Luke 10:36-37)Only those who show mercy towards us are our neighbours (Luke 10:36-37)
Mary is the mother of Jesus (Matt 1:18; John 19:25)All who do the will of the Father in Heaven are Christ’s mothers (Matt 12:50). Mary becomes the worldly mother of John (John 19:26-27)
Everlasting punishment for all who don’t help others (Matt 25:31-32)Everlasting punishment only to those who don’t help Christians (Christ’s brethren) (Matt 25:31-32)
We must forgive everyone always (Matt 18:21-22; Luke 17:4)We must forgive Christians
(brethren in Christ) only when they repent. If they don’t we must treat them as strangers (Matt 18:15-16; Luke 17:3)
Christ’s new commandment is to love everyone (John 13:34-35) Christ’s new commandment is to love one another among His disciple (John 13:34-35)
Love your enemies just like how we love Christ (Matt 5:43-48; Luke 6:35-36)Love your enemies to be merciful and compassionate towards them (Matt 5:43-48; Luke 6:35-36)
We must slay the enemies of Jesus (Luke 19:27)We must not fight against any nation for His Kingdom is not of their world (John 18:36)
It is impossible for anyone to be saved by doing anything on their own (Matt 19:25-26)What is impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:26-27). After all, it was not possible for Jesus to save the rich man (Matt 19:23-24).
Everyone who is not against Jesus is with Him (Mark 9:40)Everyone who is not with Jesus is against Him (Luke 11:23). But, everyone who are not against Christians are with them (Mark 9:40)
Demons can only be cast out in the name of Jesus (Luke 10:17-20)Pharisees who reject Jesus can also cast out demons (Matt 12:27). Even the evildoers can cast out demons (Matt 7:21-22)
We are saved by faith not by obedience (Luke 7:50)Believing is same as obedience (Luke 12:43-46). It is obedience that saves (Matt 7:21-23)
The thief on the cross did no good works to enter Paradise (Luke 23:42-43) The thief humbled, repented of his sins, acknowledged Christ as the King and even rebuked and started preaching to the other thief with both his hands and legs nailed to the cross to get qualified for entering His kingdom (Luke 23:39-43)

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ivor thomas
1 year ago

John 5:29 must be Christ’s friends. John 15:13. Millions of unbelievers do good, but that will not mean they will enter the Kingdom of God.

ivor thomas
1 year ago
Reply to  Felix Immanuel

Everyone constantly sins, even believers, because we are all born under the condemnation of sin. It is ONLY THOSE, who recognize the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that sins can be forgiven through him,can have any hope of being with him when he returns to this earth to reign from Jerusalem. Ephesians 2:12 makes this clear.

2 months ago

You say: “We must forgive Christians only when they repent. If they don’t we must treat them as strangers”

Perhaps there’s a mistake…

Jesus forgave the unrepentant when he cried out to the Father to “forgive them for they know not what they do”

Then also Stephen, being stoned cryied out to God “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” while they were still stoning him.

You quote Luke 17:3 – but here Jesus does not say forgive “ONLY IF”… Rather Jesus is saying you MUST forgive IF…

You also quote Matt 18:15-16 – here Jesus is not talking about us forgiving, but us excluding unrepentant bretheren.