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    Authentic and Counterfeit Christianity

    If you have been united to Christ, Jesus has broken the curse and brought us into fellowship with God. The bondage of sin has been broken. When as Christians we sin, we are acting in unbelief - not believing that our actions are being openly beheld by God and others. It is to forget our identity and the gift of the Holy Spirit and to live as if we were still under sin's dominion. Living genuinely and transparently, then, means by the grace of God, to consciously live every moment with the belief that all of our thoughts and life are truly open before God and man. It means to walk in the light (1 John 1:7), to have nothing hidden, but for your life to be laid bare before all (Heb. 4:11-13) So when we do sin, we don't hide it but confess it (1 John 2:1),we judge ourselves and grieve over it (1 Cor 11:31-32). And then we keep moving toward the goal (Phil 3:14). knowing that we are clean and forgiven in Christ (1 John 1:9).

    Sadly, it seems that many of the new postmodern "Christian" authors think that being authentic and transparent means that, not only do Christians fail but we are to be proud of our failures and openly acknowledge them as just who we are, with no intent, with the help of God, to live otherwise. This may have the appearance of being authentic and transparent but it is, in fact, the most non-transparent of all.. Why? you ask. Because the person who does this is hiding their true identity: that they are a counterfeit child of God, and are in fact, a child of the devil ... and are doing his bidding. In this view, sin is not just a reality of this world but is being sanctified (as sin) and even institutionalized. Given the fact that many books with these kinds of concepts are best-sellers, it reveals that too many Christians are being lured away by hallow and deceptive teaching. When you read the Bible, you could not possibly come up with these things. When Christ saves a person He does not leave us as slaves. No ... He liberates the captives and calls us former captives to be instruments He can use to free others who are now slaves. When He frees us He breaks our chains, but He does not take us out of the world ... no He keeps us here and, by the grace of God, uses us to open blind eyes and unplug deaf ears, and by the word of His power, turn hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.

    There is much going on outside the Church in our culture that has recently arrested our attention, but the greatest deception still seems to be coming from within. It is slowing us down and has the potential to make us much less fruitful so I suggest that we spend a little more time untying ourselves against this godless teaching which is taking deep root in the Church. Given what these false prophets are teaching, it would appear that they have no understanding or experience of the new birth (or regeneration). To understand grace indeed recognizes that we must humbly affirm that we are no better than others. But it also means, in grace, that we have been given a new disposition which detests the evil it sees in one's self and, by the grace of God, strives to live according to God's holy law. It does not boast over others, because EVERYTHING good we have is a gift from above (John 3:27). Genuine Christians know that they have been forgiven of great sin and deserve heaven no more than others but it also means they will be fighting a war against sin for their whole lives. Don't let anyone tell you that a Christian can continue to abide in sin after being cleansed (1 John 3:9).


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    Comments

    Authentic and Counterfeit have very solid relation with christianity. You also wrote culture of the Church which different in different cities. I don't understand the logic which behind it. Can anyone tell me about these reasons? Because i'm so much confuse.

    I totally agree! You had a lot of great things to say in this article. If only we could get a hold of the victory over willful sin that a christian has. Romans 6 is so clear on this! What is so great about it, is that once Paul is done speaking of the spiritual freedom that a new believer has, he then switches to the imperative mood and commands us to then walk as holy people. See, not only does God declare us to be righteous at the moment of the new birth and provide us with real victory over sin, but this must be maintained. We aren't suddenly unable to sin anymore. Instead, Paul identifies that we who have been grafted into the vine should take heed lest God cut us out of the vine.We are saved by faith, and we are maintained by faith. However, this is not a faith that stands alone, rather a faith that is evidenced by daily obedience.

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