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Counterfeit Christianity | Part 1

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January 26, 2022 7:00 am

Counterfeit Christianity | Part 1

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January 26, 2022 7:00 am

In this message from Acts 8, Adrian Rogers shares three warnings about false religion, so we are not deceived.

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Will see you Friday during today Adrian Rogers storage part one of the message counterfeit Christianity. Oh yeah, we have to be careful. You know, Simon believed not in the master, but he believed in the miracles and sometimes we get caught up in that Byron.

We believe in the gift and not to give her the blessing and not the bless her, you know, religion has no lifestyle change only a personal relationship with Christ. Is there truly a change that is so true. You know, Satan is not against religion. In fact it is one of his chief tools and also most deceptive tricks and Adrian Rogers says when God opens the windows of heaven to blesses the devil opens the doors of hell to blast us whenever there's revival. You can expect satanic opposition every time and I think we have to be guarded up knowing the word of God standing on the promises of God to deflect that we carry.

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Byron to hear those testimonies with Jerry to help keep us on track with our walk with Christ and keep our friends on track to counterfeit Christianity part one. Today's message here's Adrian Rogers. We've been going through the book of acts living super naturally, but we know also that when God works. Satan works also this question. True false Satan is against religion don't answer out loud. Some say through some say false because the answer is false. Satan is not against religion to find out that Satan uses religion is one of his chief tools in his bag of tricks. As a matter fact, if you study the Bible you find out that the very first temptation in the garden of Eden was a religious temptation.

It was a temptation not to be ungodly, but it temptation. Would you believe it to be godly and he said lucky. If you do this you will be like it wasn't a temptation to fall down. It was a temptation to climb up to be as God, but it my way. The WC is in the religion to his ears.

Now there was a revival in Samaria.

Let's read about look in verse five then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ under them and the people with one accord gave he do those things which Philip spake hearing and seeing the miracles which he did for unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice came out of many that were possessed within and many taken with policies and that were lame were healed and there was a great show in that city is always joy when Jesus is present is always joy when there is real revival joy unspeakable and full of glory. But notice in verse nine how the subject changes, but just underscore the word but you know when God opens the windows of heaven to bless us. The devil opens the doors of hell to blast us and whenever there is revival.

You can expect satanic opposition by there was a certain man called Simon with beforehand in the same city used sorcery and bewitch the people of Samaria giving out that himself with some great one to whom they all gave heed from the least to the greatest saying this man talking about Simon is the great power of God and to him they had regard because that of a long time he had bewitch them with sorceries, but when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon now this is Simon the sorcerer. Then Simon himself believed also. When he was baptized and when he was baptized.

He continued with Philip and 100 beholding the miracles and the signs which were done when God moves. The devil also moves as we said before, Satan tried to oppose the chart from outside, and that didn't work. It just drove the church to her knees.

So now he's going to try to close the church from the inside and he does it.

First of all with superficial saints and a niacin supplier but now he also does it with counterfeit religion and the devil is a counterfeiter and what he does rather than to deny the faith he counterfeits the faith, and that is doubly dangerous. I would say something if you live for God. Are you going to have opposition. Whether you are an individual are church. I've often said if you've never met the devil is because you and the devil been going in the same direction you turn around and rather than being in collusion with the devil you find yourself in collision with the devil about this great joy that city but Satan now begins the work. The three things I will live in your heart is with thinking about counterfeit Christianity and believe you me, these things are very real and if there were ever a generation that needs to hear what I have to say this is the generation that he stay here of the dangers of counterfeit Christianity. Three things I want to warn you about number one goal being hassled by the satanic horse of false religion that I chose the word dazzled carefully.

Don't be by the satanic of false religion, false religion has great force look in verse 10 it speaks of the sorcerer. The Bible says to whom they all gave me from the least to the greatest saying this man is the great power, it was course of what this man was doing and they were all hassled by notice verses nine and 10. There was a certain man called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery and bewitch the people of Samaria giving out that himself with some great one to whom they all gave heed from the least to the greatest saying this man is the great power of God. Now, here was a man who is using sorcerer and sorceries.

Just another word for witchcraft my way. Witchcraft is alive and well in the world today. Witchcraft is alive and well in America today, witchcraft is alive and well in many church's own yes and many people are dazzled by this and they failed to understand that there is supernatural power. What Simon was doing was not just a bag of cheap tricks is not just that he was an illusionist he was in league with the devil catering to you believe that there's anything witchcraft absolutely believe that some of these people have supernatural power beyond the shadow of any doubt.

Matter fact the world is getting ready for Satan Superman 666 is soon going to come on the scene and one of his chief tools is going to be sorcery and witchcraft and putting a margin second Thessalonians chapter 2 verse nine. It speaks of the coming Antichrist. The man of sin and it says even him who's coming is after the working of Satan. Listen to this now with all power and signs and lying wonders all power signs and lying wonders, what is that mean lying wonders, it means miracles that will deceive you.

Sometimes people will get into sorcery, witchcraft, whatever, and they said well there's really something to it pastor as if that exonerates, as if that somehow indemnifies it somehow that substantiates it. There is something to it (what there is to it is devilish now again during the great tribulation. Demonic forces are going to be loosed on their and leading the nations of the world toward Armageddon put this verse down Revelation chapter 16 verse 14, the Bible describes some unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the beast. The Dragon, the false prophet.

Here's how the Bible describes these in verse 14 for these are the spirits of devils, listen working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and to the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty demonic spirits leading the kings, the rulers, the potentates of this world, bringing them Armageddon.

The key verse is the spirit of demons, working miracles we've already seen that Samaria was a place where people were demon possessed and when Philip came revival. Many unclean spirits or demons came out of people. There is a deadly demonic force in the world some years ago we have mission and archer not discharge the church I pastor in Florida Commissioner told the most remarkable stores I've ever heard.

The man was a godly man is not a liar not exaggerated, but from my judgment, one most self-sacrificing godly missionaries of government he told about in Africa going back into the bush and told about a witch doctor there that had come to faith in Jesus Christ and this witch doctor who'd been practicing sorcery and magic and had been in league with Satan not given his heart to Christ. It was saved in the missionary and a native went to visit this man to confirm them in the faith that wonderful visit. They fellowship in the Lord and afterward the missionary was going back and they noticed there was a fire and this witch doctor had some of his religious magic paraphernalia there and was going to burn it in the file of the things that had had some boards you Lord is so hard in the pod that grows on vines and people use them for different artifacts answered. Lord, that some feathers and things tied to them man was getting ready to throw them in the fire commissioners of what others what he said these are things that I do witchcraft with Burnham mission is a useful number is yes exactly what the people back where I live. They don't understand these things I've ever seen these kind of things would you give them to me.

I want to take them back and show the people which Dr. said no you don't want. He said they have power and wish that I don't believe in the but he said I would like to have them show the people the superstition which Dr. deferred to the American who supposed to know everything the spiritual leader. He said well alright take this missionary said to me. We took those dogs and on our way back we had to stop and We pitched our tent and in the middle of the night I heard a noise something in the tent. He said I looked down and those boards idly between our cops were quivering and vibrating is that I realize what a fool I had been. I got up that night built a fire and burn not near superstition. There is devilish demonic magical power in the world today. Now don't be deceived.

Don't be deceived.

Don't be dazzled friend by the power of fault religion. It is real. Pharaoh's magicians perform miracles when Moses perform miracles of God. So as we think about the counterfeit Christianity.

The first thing I want to write on your heart is this.

Don't be dazzled by that if some magician some soothsayer some astrologer, some necromancer, some important telecoms and does things that you cannot understand goal trailing after him because you say well I know it's real. That is the pull.

It is read as a means to follow after it means to flee from it is the second point first call. Don't be dazzled by the satanic power fault religion number two. Don't be deceived by the superficial fate of fault religion. Not all false religion is in the Oco. Sometimes it moves right into the church now begin to read in verse 13.

Now remember Simon now has been a sorcery practicing witchcraft. But now notice verse 13 then Simon himself believed also put Philip's been preaching Jesus. And here is this sorcerer, this man, full of demons is been practicing witchcraft in the Bible says he believed also and when he was baptized. He continued with Philip and wondered, I just noticed x-rays napping on my writing to Bob beholding the miracles and the signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent him to them. Peter and John when they were come down.

Pray for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost for as yet he was fallen upon none of them, for they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. This is the progression of Pentecost. Now these people in Samaria are receiving the Holy Spirit as they did at Jerusalem. Now notice in verse 17 then laid they their hands on them and they receive the Holy Ghost. I watch verse 18 and when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, saying, give me also this power looms ever. I lay my hands may receive the Holy Ghost.

But Peter said in him, thy money perish with the because that was thought that the gift of God might be purchased with money thou hast. Neither part know a lot in this matter for the heart is not right in the sight of God, stop reading there just simply to say this, that Simon quote believed in the quote, but he was an unbelieving believer.

He was not a true Christian's faith was super official, not real faith. He is believing, not in the master he's believing in the miracles he sees the power being manifest, thereby that New Testament church and so he wants to be a part of it, but he never has met the Lord Jesus Christ is a pastor says he believes was an essay read verse 21 again and look at it that has neither partner lot in this matter. For by heart is not right with God.

Now, I wrote a book titled the book believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus. Trust in Jesus, God works miracles. Satan counterfeits miracles and works devilish merit. Never put your faith in miracles, but your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Simon never did really truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Not all belief is saving belief, you may be a member of church you may give mental accent under the facts of the gospel, but you have never met Jesus Christ.

Now what you put in your margin. John chapter 2 and I want to begin reading verse 23 limiting the background. This passage of Scripture. Jesus had done some miracles in Jerusalem and in Cana of Galilee and other places and people saw and what people saw the miracles that Jesus did, they begin to follow him, not because they wanted Jesus, not because they repented of the sin, for they just saw the miracles and they followed him for the miracle site. They were what I call miracle mongers. I listen to this John to verse 23 now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover in the feast day, many believed on him.

There's our word again, believed on him when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus and Allison did not commit himself unto the seed in English but in the Greek the word believe in the word commit is the same or just translate different. You could say many commit themselves to him, but he did not commit himself to them or many believed in him, but he did not believe in them. They quote believed in him like Simon the sorcerer, but he did not believe in them.

I listen to it when he read it again and many believed in his name when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself under them, for he knew all man and needed not that any should testify of man, for he knew what was in man. Jesus knew these were not true believers that many of you is I am a believer which are not saved you know the plan, but you don't know the man you've seen what God has done, but there has never been a change of heart you say. Well does the Bible say believe on the Lord Jesus Christ now shall be saved yesterday. Bible also says the devil believes and trembles to see there is a superficial fate that the kind of faith that never really comes and bows the need to Jesus Christ never makes Jesus Christ Lord is the superficial fate of fault religion that we have today. A generation of people who are quote very spiritual, but they do not believe the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Now God has sent me here to tell you that you better get a bulldog grip on God's word and God's proof thousands of church roles are padded with law whirling. Sue had spiritual experiences who have never been born again you say what an angel spoke to me.

I had a vision I was engulfed in light. Hold me a lot better if you were to stand before the Lord and the Lord said why should I let you in my heaven and you were to say in John chapter 5 verse 24, because Jesus said, verily, verily, I say view, he that hears my word and believes on him that sent me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death into life. The basis of your word and on the basis of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and my faith in him. I seek entrance into heaven.

Heaven's gates will swing wide say enter into the joy of your Lord, listen, you had better wear superficial the faults religion. This man Simon was a believer, but he wasn't coming up tomorrow will your part two of this important message but maybe today you have questions about who Jesus is what he means to you how to fully trust him for your salvation to find God's love page of the website LWF.org/radio. There you will find resources and materials that can answer questions you may have about your faith again go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says find God's love. Thanks so much for studying God's word with us today sure to sign up for our daily heartbeat emails daily devotions and message links to your inbox, find that it LWF.org/join us tomorrow for the conclusion of counterfeit Christianity online word find


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