"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God". John 3:3
The word counterfeit means: a fraudulent imitation of something else; a forgery, fake; copy. Our churches are full of "counterfeit Christians". They sit in the pews, sing in the choir, serve on the board, are part of the leadership and stand in the pulpits. They appear to be the real thing when you see them in this setting, but put them out into "society" and the truth of who they are comes out.
One main difference between what is counterfeit and what is real is their "origin". These counterfeit Christians are trying to make themselves into the "real thing" through their good deeds, good works, giving, moral standards, belief system, and appearance. They think that if they "look the part"-- go to church, are friends with the pastor, bring their Bible to church, sing in the choir, teach a Sunday School class, and so on-- that makes them the real thing. But they are still a fake/counterfeit. A fake is never the real thing.
In order to be a "real Christian" your "origin" has to be real. What do I mean by that? Just because you do religious things, just because you were brought up in church, just because you believe that God is real and Jesus is God, are all exterior works that we perform in order to make us something that we aren't. The only thing that can make us the "real deal" is to be born again. You have to be "made" into a Christian by Jesus-- not by your works, deeds, wishes or knowledge. You have to be born again of the Spirit. You have to have a transformation that changes you from the inside out. You have to be changed from a sinner into a saved person, and only Jesus can do that. Only He can make you into a "True Christian"-- you can't do it yourself.
Have a great day. The difference between a "counterfeit Christian" and a "true Christian" is that a counterfeit tries to make himself into the real thing through his own efforts. A "real Christian" becomes one through a born-again experience in Christ Jesus.
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