Law-abiding people hate it when they pay good money to buy a luxury item with a good name on it only to find out later that it’s a fake and they’ve been duped. Worse yet is if they believe the money in their possession is real and they attempt to use it only to discover it’s fake money that is useless to purchase what they need or their heart desires. Then they inadvertently find themselves at the wrong end of a confrontation with law enforcement.
Two men in the Atlanta area were sentenced to federal prison today for their part in an international counterfeiting ring that distributed over $1 million dollars in counterfeit U.S. money. Stacy P. Smith got three years in prison while his partner in crime Heath J. Kellogg was sentenced to 12 years after they both pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting charges they faced. Their funny money was used to take advantage of ordinary citizens, churches, family businesses, retail stores, and banks. Four other people involved in the counterfeit ring received lesser sentences several months ago.
If you ever had the displeasure of dealing with a fake, you know the following:
- As I said above, they pretend to have the value of the original but their phoniness makes them less valuable or worthless.
- They pretend to have the power of the original, but are really not as powerful or are altogether powerless.
- They are presented as having the same outward beauty of the original, but further examination of their contents and attributes reveals they are less beautiful or just plain ugly.
You would think that since most people hate material counterfeits, they would be inclined to despise spiritual counterfeits also, but such is not the case. Most of the world has fallen for the various tricks of the master copycat and counterfeiter named Lucifer, aka Satan. He has set up a vast network of spiritual knock-offs internationally that makes billions in cash and destroys billions of souls by doing the three things listed above. His network even goes so far as claiming the Bible is a knock-off of his copycat, counterfeit network of pagan religions. And those caught up in his network don’t seem to mind that they are deceived as they in turn deceive others.
But thanks be to God that he is the Original to beat all originals and that he has his own international and universal team making a positive impact that robs the counterfeiter of victims. Each person on God’s team who has been called into a relationship with the Father through his Son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit is an original themselves. Did you know that? Although you as a Christian have the same spiritual gifts, calling, fruit of the spirit, and ministry that countless other Christians have had before you and have along with your presently, you are such an original that no other Christian can display all of those God-given benefits in the way you can. That’s why each one of us is so important to God’s operations and there is no need for any of us to try to be a copycat to any other Christian or being.
Satan and his God-mimicking copycats and counterfeits (including Lucifer’s lying signs and wonders-blunders) ultimately are no match for God as the Original or any originals God makes for his glory.
“…the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. … Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:21, 27
Harry A. Gaylord