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
2 years 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
2 years 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.

5 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.

17 days ago
Reply to  Felix Immanuel

Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for sin. We no longer have to sacrifice animals, etc. as we did in the Old Testament. He is the Final Sacrifice.

Hebrews 10:1-18:

10 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb for all sins. The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

… but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All sins are worthy of death, which is precisely why Jesus died for us.

.. To redeem us, to cleanse us with His shed blood, and to free us from the bondage of death and sin.

He took our place as our sin was nailed on the cross with Him. (Colossians 2:14-15, Isaiah 53:5-6, Isaiah 53:10-11, John 3:16) He was our perfect substitute.

We are sinners saved by grace when we accept the free gift of Salvation from our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ.