I want to ask you a question. Do you see what I have in my hand? Twenty bucks and a paper copy. Look how good I did the paper copy. If I were to ask you, which one would you pick, what would be your answer? This may be a trick question. You’d probably pick this one, and the answer would be why? “Cause it
looks real. OK, examine them, and tell me which one looks real. That one’s real? Are you sure? Which one would you pick? Why? What would you do with it? What would you do with this one?
This one has value, and this one basically has no value. Whichever one you want, you can keep it. I got the counterfeit, and that kid got 20 bucks.
But the reason he made 20 bucks, is because he took the time to examine the counterfeit from the real and made a quality decision that would spend later on when he needed the $20.
The problem I see with an awful lot of Christianity, is we shout, and we holler, and we’re vulnerable, and God puts us in a place to be vulnerable so He can use us, but in the middle of our vulnerability, when the counterfeit comes along, we jump on it, and then we try to spend it like it’s real anointing, and you get in there and they’re about to arrest you for counterfeit $20.
And yet, as a Christian, God said, “Examine yourself. Take a look. Let it be confirmed in the mouths of several witnesses. It’ll bear witness with your spirit.” But if you don’t know the Word of God, when something comes along, and you think it sounds an awful lot like God, and even the Bible says, in the very end the very elect will be deceived, how do you avoid all that junk?