The Gospel of Grace Ministries with KIM BALOGH
When we have received Jesus Christ as Saviour we will also then recieve him as Lord. If Jesus is not Lord of our lives and we are not becoming by the working of the Holy Spirit, slaves to righteousness as the bible teaches, then our salvation is not true salvation but a counterfeit. The Bible teaches that there are false brethren, false teachers, and false prophets. All these confess Jesus and some may even believe in his saving power but unless there is fruit consistent with biblical teaching in a person’s life the conversion may actually be a false one, or in other words, a counterfeit.
Let us examine what counterfeit means exactly. A counterfeit is a fake replica of the real thing. An imitator, a copy of, false and pretentious. How can we know the false from the true ? Well, it can be actually very hard sometimes to tell until the harvest. Jesus said, “Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Mark 4:30
Of course we know that cults are false but did you know that sitting in churches are false brethren? Even whole ministries can be false. Is there a way to tell? Jesus did tell us a few things that we can do….test, prove, examine, and judge but even then sometimes we have to wait until we stand before God’s throne one day to know some false brethren out there because they are imitators. They look and act like Christians but God knows the hearts of all people and he knows the true motivation of all.
While we are saved by grace through faith we must according to the Bible bare fruit of the righteousness of Christ in our lives who is the hope of glory that dwells within the born again new creature in Christ. That is we will be walking like Jesus, and we need only to read the Bible to find out what that all requires.
If there is one thing that a fake Christian cannot do is imitate true humility. Satan hates it! Now false humility is another thing, but even that can be seen when it elevates the ego. You see the Bible tells us that Jesus humbled himself and became a servant even unto death. He lived his whole life to give and even though he was God he made himself of no reputation. That is he took a low position in life! Now how much of that do you hear preached in churches today from all the power seeking ego displaying money grubbing exploiters behind some pulpits?
Paul said that every day he died to self……he died to his pride, his ego, his reputation, his very love of his own life, for the sake of proclaiming Jesus Christ. You see the root of all sin is pride. What exactly is pride? According to the dictionary it means “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. ”
Satan fell because of pride and all his seed in the sin nature have the same problem. They are full of themselves! Pride in the heart is a sure fired way to spot false brethren. The true Christian who really knows the Lord will be a servant. That is one who lives to serve others. Now that may be done in different ways but by the Same Spirit of Christ. Those who seek to be justified by their works are also in pride for they distain the righteousness of Christ and prefer their own! What EGO !
The Bible tells us to test the person! Do you see a big fat ego? Someone who is showy, likes to display themselves, is a numbers person, out for kudos, likes a big name, gives long pious men pleasing prayers and sermons? Demonstrates showmanship, wears flashy expensive cloths, has to be known by a title, builds big mansions and lives like a king in this world….this is all anti Christ or non Christ like behavior! A false brethren, simple as that! Do you think that I am judging? Yes, I am ! Scriptures tell me to judge righteous judgment and make sure there is no beam in my eye when I do it !
Every day Kim is confronted with her ego that has to be taken to the cross! Every day I have to die to what I want and bend my knee to my master Jesus and submit to his will instead of having my own way. This is not an easy thing but you see the born again Christian has Christ living in them and this life which is lived in the flesh is lived by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave his life for us. This mind of selflessness which is in Christ Jesus is in the true Christian and that is what separates the true from the false. The false can never imitate Christ’s humility because the false is full 0f the sin nature which is rooted in pride.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
“Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are counterfeits?” 2 Corinthians 13:5