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by Cary Branscum
Step right up! Its the real deal! Get it while its hot, its the genuine article. A cant miss opportunity at a once in a lifetime offer.
We live in a time when everybody wants our attention, and they always promise something unique, special, and REAL.
Some years back, I bought an old bowie knife for a few dollars at a yard sale. Sitting by a Fall campfire, I began to scrape rust and grit off the blade of my yard sale treasure. My eyes widened as I read the inscription Original Bowie Knife. Hey! A treasure! Then I chuckled to myself. You know, an original bowie knife would not have Original Bowie Knife inscribed on the blade.
It is SOOOO tough these days to find the genuine article.
I want to tell you about Fake Faith. The problem with fake faith is this; it seems so real and convincing, it looks almost identical to Real Faith. In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus gives a parable of an enemy sowing fake wheat seed in a field already sown with real wheat seed. In some translations, the word is translated as weeds, but a Greek dictionary defines the word as darnel, or false grain. The owners servants ask to pull up the fake wheat, but they are told to let both grow together till the harvest, because in their efforts to uproot the fake wheat, they might uproot the real wheat as well.
I certainly dont want to uproot Real Faith! I DO, however, want to warn you against Fake Faith. I can tell you from personal experience how damaging it can be.
Fake Faith is putting our beliefs, our feelings, our hopes, and dreams into something that is wrong, mistaken, or not true. The consequences can be devastating. Let me first describe what Fake Faith is, and then describe how it progressively chokes out Real Faith.
What is Fake Faith?
We all enjoy Gods blessings. Beginning with the gift of life itself, we enjoy Gods blessings everyday. As Christians, we enjoy salvation in Christ Jesus, and we read with joy all the Bible passages that talke about blessings and success.
So whats wrong with that?
Absolutely nothing. The Bible is filled with verse after verse promising Gods blessings upon his children. Heres our problem; subtly, slowly, maybe even without our awareness, we begin to move toward Fake Faith.
Fake Faith has happened to me, and I am not the only one. I learned to serve God because he would give me rewards and success. Who wouldnt follow with all those promises?
How does Fake Faith choke out Real Faith?
Of course you realize there is Real Faith. Perhaps youve recognized your own experience with Fake Faith. In Part II, youll see how to experience Real Faith on your journey, and how good it will feel to see Fake Faith growing ever more distant in your rearview mirror. More later. But, in the wait, hang on to one thought: dont exchange relationship with God for Fake Faith. And, if you find yourself caught in Fake Faith, dont give up on finding God. There is a way home to faith and to the Father!
Author: Cary Branscum
Publication Date: July 2, 2002
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