Identity thieves prompt me to say “sorry” for saying “I’m sorry”

masked-man-198x300I’m sorry. I’m sorry if I have ever told anyone that I as a true Christian am sorry for the Crusades or for anything else that has been perpetrated by fake Christians. I as a Christian who obeys Christ’s commandments and doctrines have come to realize I’m not responsible for the heinous acts of anyone who claims to be Christian but proves they’re not Christian by their actions; any more than God would have to apologize for Satan when Satan misuses the Lord’s name for his evil.

After careful study of God’s word, I have come to the realization that the Lord only holds me responsible for my own actions, including whether or not I endorse the ungodly actions of spiritual identity thieves. You know–the ones who hijack the name of Christ and then go against everything he stands for so they can make him look bad as they exalt themselves.

Spiritual identity theft, inspired by Satan, the original identity thief, was prophesied to be a major problem in the end times by Christ and his apostles as false Christs, false apostles, false prophets, and false teachers rise up even with lying signs and wonders to deceive. Ephesus, the first church to get a letter from Jesus in Revelation, demonstrates how pervasive the problem was and still is. The Lord Jesus commended Ephesus since they successfully “tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars,” (Rev. 2:2 ). They were also encouraged for hating the deeds of identity thieves known as the Nicolaitans, who falsely taught they had the God-given right to lord it over the laity because of their secret, special knowledge from God. On the other hand, Ephesus failed to balance that spiritual discernment with an intimate love for the Lord, for which they were rebuked by him.

In the letters to the other seven churches we find spiritual identity thieves target Christ’s church from without as well as from within. Smyrna faced “the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan,” (Rev. 2:9). So did Philadelphia (Rev. 3:9). Pergamos had those who held to the doctrine of Balaam and the Nicolaitans. With Thyatira, their weakness was accepting the false prophetess Jezebel with her fornication and idolatry.

In all of those churches, the Lord blessed those who stood against the impostors while he called to repentance those who endorsed them. That’s why those who accuse Christianity of warmongering and the Crusades have no valid argument for rejecting Christ and blaming Christians. They inherently know this to be true, because if someone steals their identity and commits criminal acts using their identity, they have the right to legal action against any blame they might receive from the perpetrator’s actions and rightfully expect full exoneration. Therefore, if anyone ever again tosses the Crusades argument in my face or brings up a lying, thieving, fraudulent televangelist as if I should be ashamed of Christianity because of those things–sorry, but you won’t hear me say “I’m sorry” because of them.

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