It seems counterfeit money is being spread around Wichita, Kansas lately.
Considering today’s economy, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Millions are jobless, some homeless, doing everything they can to survive. Those who can’t stay afloat are growing desperate in their efforts to make ends meet. Some apparently have taken up counterfeiting. Granted, it’s illegal and wrong, but understandable. Let’s hope the rest of us never reach that point of desperation, when we choose to do whatever we can to survive and feed our families.
There is something worse than counterfeiting, however.
Being a false Christian. A person the Lord would call a Pharisee.
“The name Pharisee in its Hebrew form means separatists, or the separated ones. They were also known as chasidim, which means loyal to God, or loved of God – extremely ironic in view of the fact that by His time, they made themselves the most bitter, and deadly, opponents of Jesus Christ and His message.
“…Pharisees…meant to obey God, but…became so devoted and extremist in…parts of the Law (plus all that they themselves added to it), that they became blind to the Messiah when He was in their very midst. They saw His miracles…heard His Words, but instead of receiving it with joy, they did all…they could to stop Him – eventually to the point of getting Him killed because He truthfully claimed to be the Son of God.” (www.keyway.ca)
The Pharisees honored Jesus with their lips, yet their hearts were far from Him. In vain they worshipped Him, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. (Mark 7:5-7) He referred to them as ‘whitewashed tombs’, knowing they put on a good show outwardly, but on the inside were dirty and corrupt – dead.
Have you known people like that? Those who act like a Christian yet aren’t practicing what they preach or walk with God as they should?
Perhaps you’ve heard that going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger. You can’t, for example, make a show of going to church, perhaps being actively involved, then secretly cheat on your wife.
Matthew 7:16 says that “ye shall know them by their fruits.”
If you are walking with God, people will see it.
If not, most likely everyone will know you are a counterfeit.
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:13 KJV).
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the Law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:23-24 KJV)
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