Should Christians stop calling Jesus Christ as Lord?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." (7:21.) C. Now if all the great Bishops, Missionaries and other Christians, hold what Christ has said (in this verse) to be true, they should never call Christ Lord (or God). Should they refuse to do so, they will be sinners.
Answer: It is an irony that how Maharishi can continue to misread what is written in the plain language. If LORD Jesus Christ had said “no one who calls me Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven,” then Maharishi’s objection would have been valid. However, LORD said “not everyone” which means some.
If Maharishi was unable to understand the plain language, then at least the overall context should have helped him to understand the meaning.
Mat 7:21-28 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 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?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching.