Refusing To Acknowledge It’s A Counterfeit

Could most of us say that we could distinguish between a counterfeit dollar bill and an authentic one? I doubt it. And why is that? It’s because we most likely have not been intensely studying a real dollar bill of late. And here’s another reason: The counterfeited currency, competing with high-tech maneuvers trying to expose them, are becoming ever so close to looking like the real.

This too, is what is happening in Christendom. The counterfeits are attempting, with all the expertise they can muster, to look, act, and talk as much like the real as they can, while hiding under their cloaks the actual antichrist spirit in which they operate. Yes, many false teachings are obviously that –false. However, when these types come to town (or into your church), they are soon enough taken note of and booted out. Thus the counterfeit’s agenda gets nowhere in permeating the real, which is what they so badly want to do.

So what do counterfeits resort to –that they may win their opposers to their side? They use the stealth method, the sly, the crafty… In short –DECEPTION. And how else can they do this, but to use as much of the Real as possible? This is why so many false doctrines incorporate Bible verses in with their teachings; and why they promote prayer, fasting, and works of compassion, use the name of Jesus, cater to worship methods that arouse euphoric feelings (–how could all THAT be wrong?!), and dialogue about tolerance, peace, unity, and love. It all sounds so Biblical… doesn’t it?

Well, it doesn’t matter how Biblical it sounds. –Or looks. –Or feels. Because if the foundation is off, the whole of it is off. If the foundation is not the True Jesus –God in bodily form, the Creator of all, the One who died as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world to appease God’s wrath against sin, the One who rose bodily and had Thomas touch the nail scars in His hand, and who ascended into Heaven while others looked on, and who now sits at the right hand of God (the Father) interceding for us… –THAT Jesus… then no matter how much love, kindness, compassion, works, prayer, and worship there is, if it originates from any other than the True Jesus and having the backing and authority of the True God, then it is a fraud, a deception, and a road to Hell.

Let’s keep in mind that money, if it has not been made at the correct and true source that has the authority to create it, then no matter how real it looks, it is still a counterfeit. The same goes for spiritual doctrine. –That even if the teaching appears real, but does not come from God and His Word, then it is a fraud.

I am continuously amazed and saddened by the ability of many to reject the True for the false. It seems that we can lay out all the facts, all the evidence, all the Scripture, yet deceived “Christians” absolutely refuse to loosen their grip on their pet false doctrines. Even when we can point out that God’s Word says nothing about a certain teaching, and remind them that Scripture (such as Prov. 30:6 & Rev. 22:19) prohibits us from adding to or subtracting from it, or “going beyond what is written” (1 Cor. 4:6), they continue to hold to doctrines that are nowhere taught in God’s Word!

Here’s a few examples I have encountered recently –and I don’t mean on the street; I mean from those whose churches I have regularly attended, from people I like and would consider sweet and kind –though being sweet does not equal “walking in the Truth.” (3 John 1:4) Here’s one: “We’ve been seeing outpourings of gold dust upon the people in our worship services!” and Hab. 2:14 was quoted as a support for that being of God. The verse says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Huh? Anyway…

Here’s another: “We are going to ride with Jesus and conquer –yes slay (kill) the wicked who won’t bow their knees to Christ.” The verses I was given to support that doctrine? “Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with His garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of His strength? ‘It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.’ Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?” (Isa. 63:1-2) And from Rev. 19:11-16, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one but He Himself knows. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

It seems outlandish that followers of Jesus should be expecting to kill others. However, this indeed, is what many young people (a militant “Joel’s Army”) are being indoctrinated into believing Christ is preparing His church to do. However, even these favorite verses of theirs, when examined more closely, do not say Christians will be killing others. Who, as revealed in this Revelation passage, is it that “judges and makes war”? Who strikes down the nations? It is He who is called “The Word of God”. And with what does He strike them down with? It says it is with “a sharp sword” that comes “out of His mouth”. What is the sword? Well, Eph. 6:17 says that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. God created through the Word; does He not have the authority to destroy with the same Word?

And let’s look at the rest of the context of the Isa. 63 passage. The next few verses make clear that He has “trodden the winepress ALONE; from the nations no one was with Me… I looked, but there was no one to help… so My own arm worked salvation for Me… I trampled the nations in My anger…” (v. 3-6) Yes, God is bringing judgment on those who have not bowed to His Lordship in the Day of Grace; but WE are not going to kill others. Those who plan to and will eventually do so, are those with the counterfeit antichrist spirit –those belonging to all the groups throughout history of whom Jesus refers to in John 16:2, “They will put you out of the synagogue [or church]; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.” Yet notice the reason Jesus gives in verse 3 for why they do this: “They will do such things because they have not known the Father or Me.” Indeed, those who kill in the name of God, do not know Jesus or God, are not filled with His Holy Spirit, and are instead adhering to an antichrist spirit.

Here’s one more example of a false pet doctrine I was “graced” with just last week. Someone sent me an email by a pastor writing about Hebrew being the “Heavenly language”. I know why they wish this could be proven from the Bible, though it obviously cannot –at all. It’s because they adhere to the “Sacred Name” doctrine, and that doctrine, with its whole set of other false doctrines surrounding it, would be demolished. For then they couldn’t teach that the name “Jesus” is a pagan name for “Yahshua” or “Yeshua”, and that only that name (as well as the name Yahweh or Yahveh) is the only name by which we are saved. (Notice they can’t even agree among themselves which name of Jesus and which name of the LORD –YHWH or YHVH– to use.)

So, why is it that people want to follow counterfeits (even obvious ones)? Well, truly, I can’t really understand it. Because I love Truth. But I guess it’s just what the Bible says is the reason: They “suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Rom. 1:18) and then later even when they do decide to maybe seek Truth, it eludes them. Because they lusted after “signs and wonders” (Matt. 12:38) for so long (2 Thes. 2:9,10a), “refused to love the truth” (v. 10b) for so long, that “God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie…” (v. 11) And notice that the Thessalonians passage reveals that the miracles are done by Satan, and in the Matthew passage, Jesus speaks of those taken over by evil spirits (v. 43-45a), for “that is how it will be with this wicked generation” (v. 45b) –the “wicked and adulterous generation that asks for a miraculous sign!” (v. 39)

Sadly, those who love and seek anything but the Truth, craving to have others follow after them, craving to see wonders and miracles, craving to have power, craving to have acclaim, craving to sound enlightened and wise… all these, whom God calls wicked, WILL fall for deceptions –for counterfeits. Because in running after all these things, these spiritual adulterers chose all of it ABOVE the very thing which could have saved them from perishing. –The careful study of the Word of God!

with love,


~ by smilesback on January 5, 2010.

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