Loyalty to Christ


Jesus says two apparently contradictory statements (but the context clears up the confusion)...

He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. (Luke 11:23)

He who is not with me is against me.

And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. (Luke 9:49,50)

But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. (Mark 9:39,40)

He who is not against us is for us.


He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. (Luke 11:23)

The context of this verse: Jesus had just cast out a demon and his detractors claimed he did it through Satan. In response Jesus asks how can Satan cast out demons because then Satan's kingdom would fall.

Jesus highlights that since it by the power of Jesus that Satan is defeated, therefore, anyone who is not with Jesus is powerless to effectively fight in the spiritual war against evil.


And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. (Luke 9:49,50)

But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. (Mark 9:39,40)

The context of this verse: The disciples asked Jesus which of them would be the greatest in the kingdom of God, to which Jesus replied by saying that whoever receives a child in his name receives Jesus and that he who is least among them would be great. Then John mentioned that someone other that the disciples of Jesus was casting out demons in Jesus' name and the disciples forbid him because he was not one of them.

The disciples were indulging in their pride and wished to forbid anyone but themselves from performing miracles in Jesus name, even bickering among themselves who was the greatest. Jesus corrects them by stating that they did not have exclusive access to the grace of God and to the power of the name of Jesus.

This passage provides an argument against the exclusivity of the Catholic and Orthodox churches with their strong hierarchical priesthood in which only priests are allowed to perform sacraments and exorcisms or to give sermons.