Frank Powell – 7 Signs You Are a Counterfeit Christian


I don’t usually carry cash. But on this day, I used a crisp $100 bill to pay for some new shoes. As I handed the bill to the cashier, she grabbed a pen. I was somewhat intrigued. Then, she ran the pen across the bill. Now I was puzzled. So, I asked her the purpose of marking up my crisp bills. Come to find out, this is standard procedure for $100 bills. The marker is designed to spot counterfeit bills.

Why would the cashier be concerned about this? The answer is obvious, right? Counterfeit money has no value. Maybe it can pose as authentic for a period of time, but eventually someone is going to buy one of those markers and expose the lie.

And whether you intentionally use a counterfeit bill is irrelevant. If the marker reveals that you tried to pay with fake money, you will lose a $100, at best, and lose a day of freedom in jail, at worst.

During his ministry, Jesus encountered fakes often. And what the market does to money, Jesus does to counterfeit followers. He exposes them.

Whether it was the Pharisees, who posed as righteous men of God or large crowds, who posed as committed followers, Jesus constantly exposed counterfeits.

So, what are qualities of a counterfeit Christian? This question is important. Much like fake money, fake Christians have no value. They flaunt a self-righteous attitude or selfless behavior. But, if you exposed their heart, you would find something different. Most importantly, as Jesus says in Matthew 7:24, eventually counterfeit Christians will be exposed.

To be fair, I don’t believe most Christians intentionally pose as fakes. They have either been handed a counterfeit Jesus or drifted away from the radical life Jesus calls his followers to imitate. With that said, I think every Christian can use this post to work on their heart.

Here are seven signs you are a counterfeit Christian.

1) You feel more guilty for missing church than hurting your neighbor

2) You believe the Bible is more important than Jesus

3) You wonder how close you can get to sin without actually sinning

4) You believe it’s OK to hold a grudge against someone if he or she hurts you bad enough

5) You believe real Christians would never engage real sinners

6) You believe God rests in a building, not in a group of people

7) You think Christian maturity is more about how much you know than what you do

Read HERE what the author means by this.



Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

One thought on “Frank Powell – 7 Signs You Are a Counterfeit Christian”

  1. Excellent post and a subject very important to me. I recently wrote about counterfeit gifts, but have almost finished editing my next post ‘Imitation Faith’. Deception is scary and at epidemic levels. Discernment is invaluable and must be prayed for. Blessings to you!


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