Counterfeit

According to the US Department of Treasury, there is about 70 million dollars in counterfeit money in circulation.  That’s about one US dollar for ever $12,500.00. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, a tide of counterfeit money could cause serious problems in our economy.
 
The US Secret Service says that recognizing counterfeit money would be lot easier if people were more familiar with the real thing.  Most folks handle US currency every day but never pay close attention to the details of the bills that get tucked quickly into billfolds and purses. 
 
Even with the newest counterfeit measures that have been added to US currency, there are always those who are looking for ways around those measures.  And the newest way is to use real money in low denominations like one’s and five’s, bleach out the ink and re-print in a higher denomination.  So it’s part real and part fake.
 
In Hebrews 13:9, we can read about a different kind of counterfeit, the counterfeit teaching.  The verse says, “Don’t be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by foods, since those involved in them have not benefited.”
 
There are many “different gospels” being proclaimed around the world.  And so many people are falling into the enemies trap and have put their lives in jeopardy.  There are Christians musicians who have fallen prey to the false teachings and have incorporated the lies into songs that have lovely melodies but are full of deceit.  Books are abounding that are full of the same lies.  But like the newest kind of counterfeit money, printed on real currency paper, some of the “different gospel” preachers, teachers and singers have incorporated just enough of the truth to make the lies seem true.
 
I remember an old tale about a farmer who bought a calf.  Beginning with just a very small portion, every day the farmer would substitute a small portion of sawdust for the real feed.  He did that every day until finally he was feeding that poor emaciated cow nothing but sawdust.  When suddenly the cow died, the farmer called the vet to find out why.  After the vet had examined the dead cow he asked the farmer what had he been feeding it and the farmer replied saying, that he had begun feeding it good grain but times were hard so he had substituted some sawdust of some of the grain and when the cow didn’t seem to mind or know any difference, he had slowly added sawdust until that is all the cow was eating.  The vet was flabbergasted.  He said, “you killed your cow” but the farmer didn’t seem to understand why!!

If Christians receive some of that “different gospel” and don’t seem to mind or recognize the difference between the fake and the real thing, the enemy will get wind of their inability to spot the counterfeit and will flood them with the lies until they finally die of spiritual starvation.

So the best way to be spiritually healthy is to take a large dose of the real thing every day.  Immerse yourself in the true and living Word of God, remembering that our Savior Jesus Christ is observing us and will reward us for our diligent and faithful adherence to His truths.  Pay close attention to the consistency of His Word, knowing that strange doctrines sound strange when compared to the Truth.  His Word doesn’t float like a ship tossed by high winds, but is settled and sure, like the huge boulders that hold back the rolling waves of the sea.  God’s Word calms the heart and mind.  And God’s Word is everlasting, not like foods that spoil when left in the open and can make you sick even to death if you eat them.

 
Let us not be as “little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cleverness in the techniques of deceit.” (Ephesians 4:14)
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