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ccording to the U.S. Department   For example, women prophesy and
               of Treasury, there are currently 70   preach  in  many  religious  services  to-
        Amillion dollars’ worth of counter-   day. However, the NT says, “Let your
        feit bills in circulation. But this practice is   women keep silence in the churches: for
        not new. Historians say that counterfeiting   it is not permitted unto them to speak”
        began shortly after the first currency was   (1Co 14:34). Likewise, many “speak in
        made around 600 B.C.                  tongues.” However, the NT declares that
          Spiritual counterfeiting, though, is   these gifts no longer exist today (1Co
        an even older practice. God gave Adam   13:8-10), and simultaneously speaking in
        dominion over animals, including “the   tongues violates 1 Corinthians 14:27-33.
        serpent  [which]  was  more  subtil  than   Therefore, because they contradict Scrip-
        any beast of the field” (Gen 3:1).  Having   ture, they cannot be of the Spirit.
        observed and interacted with the serpent   Counterfeit Purposes
        when he named it, Adam and Eve were     The Lord Jesus promised that the Holy
        not shocked when the serpent spoke to   Spirit “shall not speak of himself” (Joh
        them. But was it a devil-possessed snake   16:13); “he shall testify of me” (15:26). But
        or an imitation serpent? Either way, it was
        the beginning of the devious operations   charismatic groups speak of dancing in
        of the one “which deceiveth the whole   the Spirit, shouting in the Spirit, laugh-
        world” (Rev 12:9).                    ing in the Spirit, crying in the Spirit, and
                                              being slain in the Spirit. None of these are
          The most popular counterfeit bill in
        circulation is the $20 bill, not the $8 bill.   scriptural and their focus is on the Spirit,
                                              not Christ. Therefore, we know they are
        Why? Counterfeiters only produce fac-  not of the Holy Spirit.
        similes of what is real and valuable. Thus,
        considering the Holy Spirit, we should not   Counterfeit Powers
        be surprised that Satan seeks to imitate   Moses and Aaron performed miracles
        His role and activities.              in Egypt, and Pharaoh’s magicians also
          So, how can we know what is genuinely   “did in like manner with their enchant-
        of the Spirit and what is false? Jesus said   ments” (Exo 7:11-12,22; 8:7). Likewise, the
        that when “the Spirit of truth is come, he   disciples did miracles by the power of the
        will guide you into all truth” (Joh 16:13).   Spirit, and Judas did too – by a different
        Therefore, the Spirit of God always op-  power. And he wasn’t the last spiritual
        erates in agreement with Scripture. So   fraud either. The Lord Jesus warned of
        how we feel or the results we see are not   unsaved men doing counterfeit miracles
        effective tools to determine the spiritual   in the future. He said, “Many will say to
        authenticity of a person, belief or activity.   me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
        Instead, we must compare it with Scrip-  prophesied in thy name? and in thy name
        ture to see if it is of the Spirit or not.  have cast out devils? and in thy name
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   done many wonderful works?” (Mat 7:22).
        the KJV unless otherwise noted.       Thus, Satan is currently counterfeiting

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