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May 11, 2021 8:00 am
Counterfeit Christians keep us from reward listen to Adrian Rogers. There are some counterfeit dollar bills out there so I got some good advice for you. Get rid of all of your money so fast that stupid. You're right in the sum counterfeit Christians. But don't you let that keep you away from the Lord Jesus Christ but counterfeit all the world wildness and the validity of the and every counterfeit Christian is but a tribute to what we have in the value welcome to love with featuring profound truth.
Simply stated by Adrian Rogers in the Bible is no greater crime being a false prophet part one of today's message Adrian Rogers began to reveal how to spot a counterfeit teacher, first by his message, listen to a new preacher, we must ask ourselves questions like what is the basis of his teaching is he believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, is he teaching endeavor to live a holy life.
How else can we spot a false teacher. If you have your Bible turn out a second Peter chapter 2.
As we continue with the insightful conclusion of how to spot a counterfeit of all let me give you five tasks. Then you can take any preacher or teacher on the face of fear and holding up these five tests and you tell whether or not Israel whether he's a counterfeit. First of all, there is the source text. What is the basis of his teaching. Does he have a revelation other than the Bible. Number two. The Savior test. Do they believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah with virgin born son of God going will and coeternal with God the father. Third – the subject test is the primary source of their teaching gospel of Jesus Christ balls that I determined to know nothing among you Savior Jesus Christ and him crucified. Everything else comes out of that are pulled into that that is the basis that is what the Bible is all about is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the old Mr. somebody is coming the New Testament that somebody is, the book of Revelation says somebody is coming again, and that person is the Lord Jesus. He is my hero of the Bible. The Bible has one theme. It is salvation. One hero is Jesus one villain. It is the devil.
What is the subject. What is the motivation do they want to talk to you about what they call kingdom truth on this thing or that thing. Or is it the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and is the gospel, salvation by grace through faith. The apostle Paul said if any man preach any other gospel in view than that which I preached on the B occurs literally that means letting be damned is that as far as not harsh. If he says to somebody you can teach something as godly people to hell. You see when dealing with reference of the color of the walls whether not you want more salt on the potatoes were talking about the eternal destiny of peak the source text Savior test the subject test the salvation test do they teach salvation by grace under they try to make smart our baptism for anything else into freight anytime you say to anybody that anything else must be done other than trusting the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. You take, that whosoever out of the Bible. If you say for example that a person has to be baptized in order to be saved and what you've done you how many people you have eliminated, I mean in desert stall supposedly got shot our dance and a chaplain comes to him. So some say this is no Sunday will be saved. Yes I do will son I'm sorry but I can baptize. I did nothing but sand examples that would be missing anytime you put anything else as a requirement for salvation you take those eyebrow, so the salvation test find out from these people do you believe in salvation by grace through faith but gives glory to God for the test is the sanctification test. Do you teach and are you endeavoring to live a holy life if they're not living a holy life. If they don't teach holiness, personal holiness and separation from sin. There's something wrong in their teaching mouth locators. All of those five test and update before long you be able to separate the faults from the crew. Just as an agent has to learn how to look at a dollar bill or a $20 bill or $100 bill and tell whether it's counterfeit.
Our fault is the second way to identify them not only by their message, but their method. Look, if you will, in verse two, verse one speaks of the message. Verse two speaks of their method and many shall follow their pernicious ways know what is their pernicious way. Well, would you be willing verse during and through covetousness shall they with vain words make merchandise of you then look if you will end verse one, they shall frequently bring in them mobile heresies. Now all visa talking about the way they operate. Look at the word privily.
That means secretly, it means clandestinely.
It means, in a way is hard to spot give the devil credit for being clever. What they do is delay false teaching alongside good teaching in order to confuse everybody knows that's a good thing to do if you want to fool somebody he speaks of saying the words you see that with vain words bill of the word fame is in the Greek language class comes before we get our plastic from these plastic preachers with plastic words. That is what is plastic is something is pliable is something that that molds itself just simply for and to imitate that frameworks I was in a law office one time and I met a man. This man was a professor in a Christian college and he and I had a conversation together and I thought what I have found a brother, we began to talk about the things of God, this is wonderful sitting there. I was talking to this man and women for conversation that we got to talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ was still having wonderful conversation but then he dropped the word and I smelled a rat and I said I miss you one more question, I said no you believe in the resurrection, holy yes. He said I believe in the resurrection there I noticed my suspicious nature. So we began to talk a little more that, that's the way women Ms. ask you another question do you believe that Jesus Christ walked out of that tomb, but tomb was empty.
Oh no he said I don't believe that MS range and the strange. I mean, here's a man saying I believe in the resurrection lateral account resurrection. He believes impotently in the Bible resurrection.
When I went in and found an empty tomb. That same words feel what liberalism will do liberalism will use our words and their dictionary and that's where so confusing because sometimes when you talk to these people use. I will let man as a heretic.
You don't leave a paper asking he believes in the resurrection, and to try to him these folks up sometimes like driving him up a snake in a barrel of its difficult that you see them by their method, as well as the message and then their manner. Look at their manner in verse two, and many shall follow their pernicious ways, pernicious. That's where we don't use much unless we say someone has pernicious anemia, whatever that is what it literally means his unbridled lust find these counterfeiters because they don't love the Lord may Love the Lord because they don't know the Lord. The Psalm center and substance of the message is themselves. Apostasy and immorality always inextricably interwoven. We have a couple of verses that speak of apostasy and immorality. June verse four for this certain man who crept in unawares who were before old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly man turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness and denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
They turn the grace of God and lasciviousness. I know of people who spout about grace and who live in sin, they say will Calvary covers it all.
That's a Harris, what shall we say then shall we continue in sin that grace may abound God for bed. Listen to Jeremiah 23 verse 14. Privacy also in the prophets of Jerusalem a horrible thing they committed adultery and walking lie, they strengthen also the hands of evil doers that none of them does return from his wickedness.
They are all of them under me as Sodom and the inhabitants. Therefore, as tomorrow.
Now they call themselves prophets but they living in sin.
Their ways are pernicious ways and many will follow as a matter fact.
They love to have a preacher who will drink with them.
Go tell filthy jokes within Google because why because it makes them feel better. The Bible says, many will follow their pernicious ways. Look in verse two. Therefore, success in the ministry what people call success does not necessarily mean that is God's work.
Statistics are no proof that something is of God because many will follow their pernicious ways. There are people who love the sensual, rather than the spiritual. Jesus had not ever want to say that to me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that knew what the will of my father which is in heaven.
Many people are living lives double lives there false prophets. That's the test I was talking about the holiness test with sanctification. You can spot a counterfeit by his message you can spot him by his method. You can spot him by his manner, or you can spot them by his motive. What is his motive look in verse three, and through covetousness shall they with same words make merchandise of you. What is their motive, but I want to make merchandise again. They want to use you manipulate you why because they themselves are covetous, saying here that a preacher ought not to be paid. He will be paid by the decision not to muzzle the ox that treads the: the Bible says they that preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
Bible says that workman is worthy of his time and the elder that rules well is worthy of double on the Bible says all that I am grateful as any preachers grateful for the love the sacrifice of God's people that enable us to preach the gospel is not talking about that but is talking about people who, for their own motivation and out of their own wicked heart make merchandise of the gospel. If you have a television you watch long you perhaps seen some of these hucksters, those who merchandise the gospel of Jesus Christ. In my estimation, the hottest part of Hill is reserved for those who for whatever reason these plastic preachers.
These counterfeit profits who merchandise God's people now many times with great swelling words they exploit the mayor prophets, which is spell profit PROFIT now what Peter does. Here gets very serious and he says God will surely judge them. God will not spare look at his argument beginning in verse four he says, for if God spared not the angels that sin, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness be reserved in the judgment and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah – is condemning them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that should live ungodly and deliberate. Just a lot vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked, then skip verse nine, the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and reserve the unjust. Unto the day of judgment to be punished. I once got saying God is saying here is God's solemn warning to every counterfeiter when angels fail. I judge them when a civilization in Noah's day became polluted. I judge them when Sodom and Gomorrah became perverted.
I judge them and I'm going to judge these false prophets, God spared not the angels. He spared not the old world. He spared not solving tomorrow and he will not spare false prophet. But here's the other side of Romans chapter 8 and verse 32, says God spared not his own son when Jesus left heaven came to this earth and became my substitute my sin and your sin was put upon the Lord Jesus Christ and Jesus went to Calvary they stretch them out on a hellish cross after having lacerated his back.
After having put a crown of thorns on his head after having snatched his beard from his face.
After having hit him with her fist and battered him with clubs they hung out on the cross and in torture and pain on imaginable. Jesus suffered, but he did not cry.
He suffered as a lamb before shares is gone. So we open with modest amount but then something happened. The heavens became black like midnight and there was a horrible horrible thing that happened God the father who always been with the Lord Jesus Christ from eternity turned his back on and forsook God the son, and Jesus cried from that cross my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me, the answer is this that God is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity and Jesus Christ on the cross took my sin in your sin and the sin of billions all that have lived in will ever live the sin of the world was laid upon the Lord Jesus Christ and Jesus would never sin became sin and Jesus would be the object of the fathers greatest delight became the object of the father's loathing, and God the father had to look upon God the son as God the father would look upon you or me at the final judgment without our sin. The tone for an God the father had to turn his back upon God the son and God the son cried out my God my God why has thou forsaken me. Let me tell you something. If there were ever a time when God would've been tempted to have been linear on sin, it would've been when that sin was resting upon his darling son in that true the Bible says a God would not spare Romans eight verse 32 God spared not his own son. Now listen to me.
You are intelligent people. If God spared not Jesus. When sin was laid upon Jesus. Do you think that God will spare you when your sin is still on you know he won't do. God spared not the angels that sin. God spared not the old world God spared not Sodom and Gomorrah in judgment. God spared not his own son in redemption and God will not spare you, but there's a blessed truth. There he that spared not his own son, shall he not also freely with him give us all things.
What is that mean I have two sons will have three a little boy in heaven, but if you were to save me a drink and I am one of your sons can I have your firstborn son Steve what he wanted. It was Steve lie about him and abusing.
We want the beating. We want to humiliating.
We want to lacerated his back. We want to cut into ribbons, then we want to hang them up on the cross that he might die and I am glad where you me, your son, I would say in the I would give you my son. I would even begin to think about. But suppose for some strange reason, there was a need that you would have my son that my son might die on your behalf. Suppose you could talk me into letting you that much, and I gave you my precious boy Steve and then you said to me now that you've given me. Steve guy have his football tissue guy have his blue jeans. Of course guy have his library course.
I mean if I loved you enough to give you my son said I give you anything else I here's what Paul says in Romans eight I want you to see this, he that spared not his own son, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things. God loved us enough to give Jesus what would he withhold see what's he saying he say listen, don't get caught up in a counterfeit Christianity. God is the unsparing God, he will not spare sin. He will not spare the center but he did not spare his son the Lord Jesus that you and I might be saying that you and I might have eternal life. The world is full of counterfeits. Make sure you have the real thing. One last word there some counterfeit dollar bills out there so I get some good advice for you. Get rid of all the money say pastor that stupid right in the some counterfeit Christians, but don't you let that keep you away from the Lord Jesus Christ. I mean, the reason the counterfeit always approves the word wildness and the validity of the real Eric counterfeit piece of currency is a tribute to the worth wildness of the reading in every counterfeit Christian is but a tribute to what we have in the value-added Nola counterfeit keep God in heaven. I want to tell you that Jesus is real salvation as we you can be read with you within your sin and trust Jesus is real and his forgiveness is real.
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The world is full of counterfeits.
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