Will Vining: A Warning to Beware of a Counterfeit Gospel

The ape, Shift

Imagine with me I’m at the local market checking out my produce and I hand the clerk twenty dollars in monopoly money.

Do you think my attempt to swindle the clerk would succeed?

Of course not, the pink ten dollar bills with the cartoony monopoly man would not pass as Alexander Hamilton on any day. However, what if I handed the clerk a highly refined counterfeit, in which every exterior detail of the currency was the same?

The clerk then must hold the bill up to the light and reveal the hidden watermark to prove its authenticity. Church, we must do the same with the Gospel.

We must understand that Satan is a powerful, supernatural, and an intelligent being who has fallen into the darkest of evil.

What we’re seeing played out in Western culture today is a counterfeit Gospel; and if you don’t hold it up to the light of Christ, you might just accept it. At the core of this counterfeit message is hopelessness void of any value.

This fake gospel seeks to drive us, who desperately need God’s mercy, further away from the Heavenly Father our hearts yearn for.

I can’t help but think of the plot of C.S. Lewis’s last book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Last Battle. The character, Shift, deceives many faithful Narnians with a counterfeit Aslan. He cleverly dresses his donkey friend in a lion skin to deceive the masses.

In this fiction we see a few ideas at play. Firstly, we see many Narnians intuitively know this doesn’t seem like the Aslan they’ve heard about, yet ultimately they fall captive. Secondly, we see that the fake Aslan, preaches the same message of the real Aslan, but with new twisted meaning. Lastly, Lewis is relaying that Evil is most deceiving when it looks and feels like the Truth.

We are seeing the same scenario play out in the Church today, yet it’s not fiction.

The counterfeit gospel is under the guise of Progressive Christianity. Yet, if you hold this doctrine up to the light it will be missing the watermarked face of God. This doctrine is worthless and void of truth and robs the soul of true joy in Christ, do not be deceived.

Some of the core ideas spread by this relatively new sect are fragmenting through the body of Christ like shrapnel. We must guard our hearts and minds with the armor of God and strike back with the sword of Truth.

The issue is not with Progressives, it’s with Progressives who profess Christ.

Here is glimpse of what this doctrine looks like, I’ve pulled a few various headlines from proponents of this movement;

“The Bible is Fallible—And It’s Okay”

“Romans 1:26-27: A Clobber Passage That Should Lose Its Wallop”

“God Made Me Gay”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Will Vining