Watchman Reflections

The Call and the Counterfeit

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith... 
- 1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV

It’s been said that the counterfeit qualifies the genuine. In other words, only something that’s real is worth being counterfeited. There’s no point in faking a fake!

Because we know that the enemy is the Father of Lies, we can know that he’s also an expert counterfeiter. False prophets. False teachers. False miracles. Satan’s deceit spreads confusion and chaos where God’s truth births life and freedom.

I’ve been puzzled of late: this whole topic of “woke” evangelicals confused me. The Bible tells believers to wake up (Romans 13:11-14 and Revelation 3:2-3), from a place of discerning truth and living godly lives in an evil world. But this woke-ness, is spreading like wildfire and is absolutely not sound doctrine! So what the heck!

“Aha,” I said to myself while cleaning the kitchen one afternoon, “this is another counterfeit!”

And finally, it all made sense…

The Woke movement is a direct attack on God’s Word, sneaking into churches and presented as a glorious, God-given mandate to redeem the hurts around us. It sounds inspirational! Loving! (Want to read more about woke-ism? Check out this article HERE)

But when Scripture is dirtied, diluted, and down-right dodged, then we’ve accomplished the opposite of love. Instead of inspiring Truth and declaring the source of Love—instead of living as light in the darkness—we’ve succumbed to the lies of the enemy which are designed to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

To spot a counterfeit, we have to know the genuine. But the devastating biblical illiteracy in our times has made this fallacy utterly palpable where it should actually taste bitter and be quickly spewed.

Well done, Mr. Angel of Light! Too bad fluorescent gas seeping into obscurity is no less harmful than the darkness it’s illuminating. The toxicity will kill, despite its welcome hue. And so, in righteous anger, I’m crying out…

The Church has lost her saltiness by conforming to such a counterfeit! She’s useful for nothing! (Matthew 6:13)

Stop breathing in such garbage! Wake up, for real!

The call is clear, it’s life-giving and blessed. But the illusion is gratifying… So which will we choose?

Be blessed as you walk it out!

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 
Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 
For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
- Ephesians 5:1-17 ESV

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