Presentation on theme: "Counterfeit “made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive” Webster An illegitimate copy of something valuable The worthless forgery is passed."— Presentation transcript:
Counterfeit “made in imitation of something genuine so as to deceive” Webster An illegitimate copy of something valuable The worthless forgery is passed off as the original item to fool the receiver Funny Money, Art Forgery, Falsified Documents (wills, passports, I.D....) If it is valuable it will be duplicated
Counterfeit gods Ex. 20:3-6 (10 Commandments: 34:28) –Philonic : 2 Commandments vs. 3, 4-6 –Augustinian: 1 Command (2 for coveting) No other gods (counterfeits) –imagined gods awarded God’s power –Baal (fertility), Chemosh (victory), Dagon (fish) –gods worshipped to solicit blessings No graven images (statues) –Statue can be the god or a representation –God can also be represented by an image Ex. 32:4
Counterfeit christs Christ - the Anointed of God, Messiah Exclusive (The ONLY begotten Son of God) John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. The only means of salvation: Acts 4:12, Jn. 6:68-69 False Christs appear at desperate hours: AD 70 Matt. 24:23-27 Don’t believe, don’t go Eph. 4:4-6 “One Lord” Matt. 28:18 (Pope, Joseph Smith, Mohammed…)
Counterfeit apostles Apostle - ambassador, representative of Jesus There are phony ones: Rev. 2:2 Anyone claiming further revelation: Gal. 1:8-9 False Apostles 2 Cor. 11:13-15 –Claiming authority and seeking support Congregation was receptive 2 Cor. 11:4, 19-20 –Paul’s humility, sacrifice, free service had resulted in members evaluating him as less than the men who came with charisma, pride, and demands
Counterfeit for Deception Convinced you have the genuine article of extreme value while you have a worthless fake Pay great sum to obtain the counterfeit Rejoice while you are in possession of it When truth is learned you feel stupid, angry, and violated What happens when the truth is only realized at the second appearance of Christ?