Watchman Sees Counterfeit Christianity: Satan Causes More Harm Through Imitation Than Outright Opposition

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Satan is offended by religion. Had it not been for that, he would not have been the inspiration of over 4,000 false religions. Yes, Satan loves religion, especially when it allows him to fabricate ceremonial, meaningless beliefs devoid of the gospel that saves lives and distorts the veracity of God’s Word.

Instead of taking the prescribed route of separation, holiness, heavenliness, and testifying, the church had decided to build lavish temples and amass earthly wealth and power in order to civilize the world. The purpose of the church commission was not for this. As Oswald Chambers once so eloquently observed, “Satan’s great aim is to cause us to be devoted to the death of any cause, any enterprise, to anything but the Lord Jesus.”

You know, many churches rejoice that they have not been persecuted by the enemy. Maybe that’s why they don’t threaten him. It’s possible that you are conspiring with the devil if you are not at odds with him. Long ago, Satan came to the conclusion that he could never destroy the church. He does more in this world and causes more harm by imitation than by outright rejection by spreading false teaching under the pretense of a fake Christianity. The devil, as Vance Havner famously said, is too crafty to be fighting religion.

Because his counterfeit Christianity is so close to the real one, devout Christians are hesitant to call it out. Putting impostor preachers in the pulpits is one part of that strategy. Adrian Rogers famously stated, “When you search for the devil, never forget to look in the pulpit.” That theory is quite dismal. We all want to think that every church is led by a godly man who is committed to serving the Lord and has been chosen by God for that position. However, I believe it’s obvious to all that there are many imposters out there posing as holy men.

In his counterfeit Christianity, Satan has promoted luxury over obedience, wealth over a message, opulence over grace, and fame over passion. It was reportedly said by A. W. Tozer that he would sooner preach to empty chairs than turn his back on God’s sheep. Such a conscience does not exist among false teachers. As a result, masses of people are swarming to places of worship on Sundays, seeking comfort in false doctrines rather than in the peace of God’s love and grace. Antiquated Christianity promises to soothe rather than sanctify, to pamper rather than pierce, and to comfort rather than condemn.

“We shall not get back a strong race of Christians till we get back such a sturdy band of outspoken men as dare their reputation, if not their lives, upon the unvarnished testimony they give to the Truth they know, the Truth as it is in Jesus, the Truth as it burns in their own hearts and fires their tongues, the Truth as it commends itself to every man’s conscience in the sight of God,” Charles Spurgeon once stated. See how the emphasis is on the truth! Great religious heroes in the past have sacrificed their lives for it. But a lot of Christians these days don’t want to deal with the hassle of defending it.

A soldier who jumped behind enemy lines was warned in Germany. “You have Germans all around you,” they remarked. In answer, he stated, “We are paratroopers behind enemy lines; we are supposed to be surrounded.” Since they were aware of their goal, the danger, and the conditions of the battlefield, the paratroopers were not taken aback when they came into touch with the enemy. The expectations for a Christian life are spelled out in detail in the Bible. However, many people are taken aback when they encounter the spiritual attack because they think that Christianity should ensure a safe life, a good family, and a good home. While phony Christianity may emphasize such, the true thing demands sacrifice and a spiritual battle on our part.

According to C. T. Studd, the author of “The Chocolate Soldier,” many of God’s people are weak and sweet, like chocolate soldiers who crumble in the face of flames, even though they ought to be soldiers. Their mindset should be compared to Alexander the Great’s. They told him that hundreds of thousands of Persians were engaged in a bloody fight. However, one butcher fires back, not afraid of hundreds of sheep. One of his officers said, “But when the Persians draw their bows, their arrows are so numerous they darken the sun.” It will be nice to fight in the shade, Alexander thought.

False Christians are difficult to distinguish from the outside world. Still, they are as clear as day to the churches that still stand. In particular, they won’t endure suffering for Jesus. Those who gave their lives—and even their reputations—for their Savior had a very different viewpoint than they do.

Oftentimes, counterfeit Christians use Jesus Christ for their own financial advantage. But in biblical Christianity, we voluntarily forfeit our victory in order to elevate Christ. Source

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