The Parasitic Nature of a False Professor of Christ

Mat 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

1Co 2:9-10 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”– (10) these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

When we describe or try to define evil, we end up using words that are negatives of the good:

  • UNrighteous
  • UNholy
  • LawLESSness

I think it was R.C. Sproul that I once heard speak about this. He said that evil is actually a parasite on what is good and that in a sense evil cannot exist in and of itself apart from the good.

I have been seeing this played out this past year. I have noticed that when wickedness parades as righteousness, when the counterfeit disguises itself as a follower of Christ, it’s true nature is betrayed by what I will call a lack of originality. Evil, you see, cannot produce good fruit. It’s core is rotten, so its fruit can only be rotten. Therefore if it is going to parade as what is true and good, it must attach itself to something that is true and good and mimic it. Understand?

Listen to a friend of mine explain it:

…an unregenerate person is unable to discern (figure out) anything when it comes to spiritual things and God.  There is nothing within a unregenerate person’s nature that would enable him to discern God or the things of God.  And anything that a professing christian exhibits as being a christian is just a facade.  Their prayers are empty phrases, their good works are tainted with sinful motives, their teachings are only truth in so much as they are quoting scripture and not interpreting it, their appearance is as white washed tombs.

One way to identify a counterfeit disguised as a Christian is to carefully look at/listen to what they are saying or writing. Where does it originate? Are their words the product of the Holy Spirit having shown them real nuggets of truth in God’s Word? Or are they actually a mimicry of things others have said? Evil is parasitic. It is like a tick sitting on a branch waiting for a deer to walk by so it can attach and suck out the life blood.

A final note. When an evil person in disguise latches onto a source of truth outside itself, it will then always pervert that truth. Often very subtly, but you can be sure it will always twist truth because the evil man’s motive is evil. He is a liar. As Jesus put it, “the truth is not in him.”

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

In other words, here is the mark of the genuine person who is indwelt by the Spirit, whose heart has been regenerated:

Mat 13:52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Mocking – A Devilish and Common Tactic of Evil

Jer 20:7 O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me.

Heb 11:36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

One of the most common and wicked tactics in our enemy’s arsenal is something that perhaps we do not recognize easily. Mocking. Holding someone in contempt and scorn, almost always accompanied by a smile of derision. Laughing at the oppressed. Ridicule. It is a cruel and ugly thing.

All of us have been mocked at one time or another. There have probably even been times when, to our shame, we mocked someone else unrighteously (we will talk about “righteous mocking” after we deal with the evil form). Mocking comes, unfortunately, quite easily to the sinful human heart. We who are in Christ grow to hate and repent of it.

Here is the dictionary entry: “to tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.”

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Evil Authors and Forgeries – A Common Tactic of the Enemy

2Th 2:1-2 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, (2) not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

Gal 6:11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.

If you study the history of the church, you soon learn that charlatans have been very common down through the centuries. One of their favorite tactics has been to deceive people by writing letters or documents that claim prophetic or apostolic authorship. Just about anytime some gap in the biblical storyline exists (details of Jesus’ childhood for instance) along comes some liar to write his fiction and make the claim it is from God written at the hands of one of His chosen.

For instance, there is a Gospel of Peter, a Gospel of Barnabas, and a Gospel of Judas all of which claim to be accounts of the earthly ministry of Christ. And there are numbers of pseudepigrapha that originated in the intertestament era, written by Jewish authors. The Assumption of Moses, the Ascension of Isaiah, the Psalms of Solomon and others.

More pointedly we see this same thing happening even in the time of the Apostles as proven by the Apostle Paul’s statements in 2 Thessalonians and Galatians quoted above. Forgers and false teachers sat down and wrote letters to the churches, claiming to be the Apostle Paul.

Now, this is all interesting but what does it have to do with us today. Plenty.

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