You counterfeit something when you can’t get yourself a real one and hope to pass off what you counterfeited as genuine to someone less intelligent than you. You figure there’s so little of the real floating around that if you put on a good enough show, your audience won’t even question the authenticity of your machinations.
Sure, you have to one-up the other guy, so if he’s throwing
his sport coat at people, you punch them in the stomach, but you can’t make an
omelet without eggs, and eggs are getting pricy. I’m still waiting for a guy to
show up in a white robe with sandals, then start throwing his sandals at
people. It may be something—a new twist to an old story and all that. I’m sure
some intrepid healer of the multitudes - although no one’s been healed yet -
will think of it sooner or later.
Fake it ‘till you make it is good in theory, but it
presupposes an end to your faking it, as well as you having made it. When it
comes to spiritual matters, if you start off faking it, you’ll continue to fake
it until you’re back in the mud pushing up daisies because making it requires
effort, sincerity, humility, and repentance, and that’s just too constricting
for someone of your vision. Prophets to the nations don’t have time to walk
humbly with their Lord.
People whom God spirits away to heaven because He needs their
advice are exempt from having to pursue holiness and righteousness. I realize
that none of what I just wrote is anywhere in the Bible, but that’s because you
have the pauper’s Bible. They have the extra special princely Bible. Either you
get angry at these people, or you mock them openly. I try not to get angry
anymore. It makes my food taste funny.
The problem with faking it is that the devil isn’t. At the
most inopportune time, in the most heinous of ways, the devil will expose you,
and the fall will be Hindenburg-level traumatic. Don’t get me wrong, those who
use the word of God and the power of God as a means of gain, those who practice
usury and mercilessly fleece the sheep of God’s pasture deserve to be exposed
and shamed. The problem is that there is always collateral damage when they go
down. They never go down alone. Lives are shipwrecked, faith is shaken, people
grow disillusioned, and the church gets another black eye.
The not-so-nice me, the me that’s been in ministry since the
age of twelve and has seen the good, the bad, and the heretical, tries to
withhold empathy for those who get caught in the blast radius of these
charlatans because they should have known better, yes, even would have known
better if they’d bothered to read their Bibles and believe it rather than fairy
tales. To a certain extent, that’s true. That’s the reality of the situation.
Because they did not familiarize themselves with the truth, they fell for a lie
and now suffer the consequences.
But then I get to thinking about how elaborate the grift is,
how they use each other to confirm their heresy, sort of like professors
getting their papers peer-reviewed. You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch
yours. You come on my program and convince the little old ladies that watch me
that it’s a good idea to sign over the titles to their homes so we can build
the new billion-dollar prophecy center, and I’ll come on your program and do
likewise. Surely two men of God couldn’t be wrong, I mean, out of the mouth of
two or three. Granted, one’s a woman that has been married more times than I
have fingers on one hand, but that was her journey and her truth, and four out
of her five husbands didn’t see the mantle of prophetess to the nations that
was on her life.
They don’t preach repentance because there’s no profit to be
made from it. Repentance cuts them out of the deal. You don’t need a bishop,
pastor, deaconess, or prophetess for repentance. You just need a closet, a
sincere heart, and lots of Kleenex. If they started preaching repentance, they
would no longer be indispensable and that they could not have.
They’ve made themselves defacto priests of evangelicalism,
gatekeepers of the holy of holies, and you can’t get in to talk to God except
through them. If you want God to listen, send in the biggest gift you can. If
it’s big enough, we’ll usher you to the front of the line and put in a good
Jesus didn’t send His disciples out to start schools, teach
people how to prophesy, have workshops on taking love offerings, or do a dozen
other things the modern-day church seems to be pushing.
He sent them to preach repentance and remission of sins in
His name to all the nations. The orders haven’t changed, but evidently, the
And before we get into the whole what about the school of the
prophets in the Old Testament argument, I’m all for it if you hold to the
standard of the Old Testament in everything else, from keeping the law to
putting to death anyone who prophesies falsely, or attempts to lead astray
through prophecy. Them’s the stakes! Still wanna play?
Even though Jesus never said to teach them to prophesy, but
did say to preach repentance and remission of sins in His name, do a prophecy
conference, and one on repentance, and see how many show up to one and how few
show up to the other.
We started the conversation about the promise of power. We’ll get to it in due season. For now, there’s still more to unpack, and it’s worthwhile that we do. Who knows? We may yet learn something revelatory.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea, Jr.