Imagine that you are a small grocery store owner. You are standing behind the register, helping people check out of your store.
It’s a busy day and there are lots of people in your store.
On your lunch break, you decide it would be a good idea to empty out your cash register and to take the money to the bank since you’ve been so busy.
So you empty the cash register, take your money bag, and you go to your bank.
You go to the teller window and you proceed to make your deposit. As the teller is counting through your deposit, she takes one $50 bill and sets it aside and she finishes counting the rest of the money.
After she’s finished counting, she goes back, takes that $50 bill, and she places it in a special machine. The light on the machine turns red.
Yep, it’s just as she suspected, its a fake $50 bill.
Why You Need to Be Good at Detecting Counterfeit Christians
Just like there are fake dollar bills, it’s no surprise that there are also fake Christians within the body of Christ.
Jesus Himself spoke about this when He gave the parable of the wheat and the tares.
You remember how Jesus said that there was a farmer who sowed good seed in his field.
At night, his enemy went and sowed weeds among his good seeds.
So when the crops began to grow, so did the weeds. So the farmer’s workers asked the farmer, “Sir, the land that you planted is filled with weeds. Where did they come from?”
So the farmer replied, “An enemy planted these weeds.”
So the workers asked, “Do you want us to go into the field and take out the weeds?”
But the farmer surprised his workers by saying, “No, you’ll uproot the wheat if you do that. Let both grow together until the time of the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them. And I’ll tell the harvesters to put the wheat in my barn.”
That’s why it’s important for you to be able to spot fake Christians, because you’ll want to include them in your evangelism efforts.
7 Questions to Ask to Spot a Fake Christian
1. Are they controlled by the Holy Spirit?
When you received Christ, the Holy Spirit came and began living inside of you. Walking in the flesh instead of the Spirit can be a tell-tale sign that something fishy is going on (Galatians 5:16-18).
2. Do they have a new nature?
When you are born again, you become a new creation with new desires, a new mind, and new heart. If there isn’t evidence of any of these then, “Houston, we’ve got a problem!”
3. Do they have Christ’s agape love for others?
By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
The Bottom Line: No love, no Christ, yes love, yes Christ…
4. Do they obey God’s Commandments?
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
-1 John 2:3
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5. Is their fruit in their life?
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22- 23). True Christians will have these spiritual fruits in their lives.
6. Are they becoming more like Jesus?
The true markings of a Christian is that he or she is becoming like their Master. If someone isn’t becoming more like Jesus, then chances are they are not a follower of Jesus.
7. Have they put their trust in Jesus for their salvation?
Ask someone one of these questions to see who or what they are trusting in for their salvation.
If it ain’t Jesus, then they ain’t saved.