Counterfeit Christians

July 3, 2012

Counterfeit Christians

            More than once my heart has been broken when I have heard of believers who have suffered because they put their trust in counterfeit Christians.  Some believers have suffered greatly after their marriage because they discovered they had married a counterfeit Christian.  I too have suffered because of them.  It’s unfortunate, but there are always some counterfeit Christians.  No doubt the Apostle Paul suffered because of them.  In Titus 1:16 he wrote “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

He says “They profess that they know God.” It could be that they themselves are   deceived.  Possibly they had a religious experience that they assumed was a new birth.  After being around other believers for some time they learned to use their spiritual vocabulary.  By hearing them talk, one would think they were saved.  Therefore they are accepted by other believers.  Some even become church members.

What a disappointment it is when they manifest the carnal nature of unbelievers.  Sometimes, instead of showing concern for the well being of other believers, they take advantage of them.  Satan also uses them to stir up a bad spirit in the church.  Churches have been destroyed by counterfeit Christians.

It’s often difficult to distinguish between counterfeit Christians and carnal Christians.  Both are a stumbling block to a local Church.  Many times the church leaders have to take disciplinary measures against them.  The advice of the Apostle Paul in regard to them is found in Romans 16:17-18.  “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.   For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Unbelievers find it convenient to use the bad testimony of counterfeit Christians as an excuse for not accepting Christ as their Savior.  We should be quick to recognize that it’s possible that we have counterfeit Christians among us.  There are often a few wolves among the sheep.  If we recognize this, it will help to invalidate the unbeliever’s excuse.

Not all those who cause believers to suffer are counterfeit Christians.  Carnal Christians do the same.  A believer in the right relationship with God will feel grieved and guilty if he is causing others to suffer.  He will repent and ask forgiveness.  I Peter 1:22 tells us how we should love one another.  “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

If others are suffering because of your behavior, my advise is that you take heed to II Corinthians 13:5 which says “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”  Are you sure of your salvation?  Is it possible that you are a counterfeit Christian?  I don’t want to plant doubt in your mind, but we can know for sure that we are saved.  I John 5:13 says “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  If you think you are saved, but have doubts about it, you can pray and say God, I think I’m saved, but if not I want to make sure now.  I understand that Jesus died for me. Forgive me of my sins and save me now.  Thank you for accepting me as one of your children and for the assurance that I’m one of yours.”

Salvation is a matter of such vital importance that we dare not neglect it.  We should have the assurance of our salvation and enjoy it.

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