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COUNTERFEIT
Counterfeit?
 The above replica of a fifty dollar bill is not a counterfeit. Why? It is an exact copy of a real $50.00 bill, but it is far too small to ever be accepted as money. In fact, the above copy is lawful because it is too small to be mistaken for real, legal currency. You cannot be arrested for having this copy of a $50.00 bill because it is not a counterfeit, but a clearly worthless copy.

People do not counterfeit things that are worthless. Seldom, if ever does anyone counterfeit anything less than a twenty dollar bill. A $1.00 bill is not worth counterfeiting because its small value is not worth the risk of imprisonment. It is not the inexpensive artifact by the unknown artist, but the Rembrandt or the daVinci which is counterfeited.

A counterfeiter not only chooses objects of value to counterfeit, but he tries to make his counterfeit so nearly the exact replica of the original that he can pass or sell the counterfeit as if it were the genuine article. In the case of money, he attempts to match inks, paper, size, serial numbers and every little mark of scrollwork so precisely that even a bank teller may not notice the difference.

Satan is the master counterfeiter. The Bible declares that he is the father of lies (John 8:44) and a counterfeit is the embodiment of a lie. While God provided a way of peace, joy and overcoming victory for those who will obey His Word.
Satan seeks to counterfeit God’s plan and prevent mankind from being obedient to God so that he cannot know the peace, joy and power of the Spirit of God. Since some people can see through one counterfeit “gospel” and some can detect another, Satan, God’s enemy, has set up not just one, but hundreds of counterfeit religious doctrines. In fact, by the number of counterfeits that there are, we can see another evidence of the truly supreme value of genuine Bible Christianity.

Recent counterfeiting has become even more difficult as the United States and many other countries use new technology to prevent counterfeiting. U.S. bills now have a narrow magnetic stripe embedded near one end in addition to the fine blue and red lint particles and most have a totally new design. Bank tellers are trained to know the genuine in order to recognize and detect anything else as counterfeit. But serious counterfeiters are still attempting to duplicate even these new details.

Likewise, as Christians become more aware of forms of religion “Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof,” (2 Timothy 3:5a). So Satan, the great counterfeiter goes to even greater lengths to copy genuine Christianity, sometimes even to the fine points of doctrine. Just as the counterfeiter uses the name of the country whose currency he is counterfeiting, and even duplicates the signatures of the Treasurer and Secretary of the Treasury, so the counterfeit “Christian” uses the name of Jesus Christ and may even imitate the miraculous signs of Jesus’ power (just like the magicians of ancient Egypt duplicated Moses’ signs before Pharoah (See Exodus 7:10-12).

Only in the churches where everything measures up to the original Apostles’ teachings are you truly safe. Find a church where they teach the real Bible Plan of Salvation which is: 1. Belief in and on Jesus Christ and His shed blood, (John 3:16, Acts 16:31); 2. Repentance of having lived apart from God ? sincere Repentance (Acts 2:38, Luke 24:47); 3. Water baptism (immersion) in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, Luke 24:47); and finally, God’s confirmation of your salvation by His giving the gift of the Holy Spirit, of which the first Bible evidence is speaking in tongues (Acts 10:44; 11:15; 19:5).

The members of that church should be bearing the Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Meekness, Patience and Temperance which are the fruits of the Spirit-filled believers (Galatians 5:22). They should show Christian love for all others of like precious faith (John 13:35) and concern for the lost and those deceived by counterfeit religions (Mark 16:15).

So, friend, real Bible Christianity is vitally important to you, but beware of the counterfeits. You can tell the real from the phony only by close examination of the doctrines and lives they live. You CAN KNOW beyond doubt that you are saved.
 

— S.M.S.
 
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