Thursday – July 4, 2024

Ecclesiastes 7-9; Psalm 46; 2 Tim 3

By Becky Hill Martin

These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. – 2 Timothy 3:8-9

We live in an age of dupes. “Amaz-Tem-She-bay”—all offer knock-off products that look “just like the originals for a fraction of the cost.” Then there’s AI-generated voices and replication of celebs. It’s harder than ever before to tell what’s authentic and what’s not.

We’ve heard cautionary tales of people being scammed by fake callers and emails from some foreign prince who needs help. Most of us have gotten pretty good at picking up on fakery. But what about counterfeit religions? The ones that say you can “manifest” money or happiness and the ones that say “repeat this spell” to attract (insert your heart’s desire here) – are obvious. Trouble comes when you hear something that looks and acts like Christianity, but something is off.

Here are some ways to tell a “dupe” from a real Christian faith:

Test the Doctrine 📖: Counterfeit faith often distorts the Bible’s teachings. Always compare what someone says with the Word of God. Does it align with Scripture, or are they twisting it to fit their agenda?

Discern the Spirit 🕊️: In 1 John 4:1, we’re told to test the spirits. Not everyone who claims to speak for God actually does. Pray for discernment and wisdom to see through false teachings and deceptive practices.

Remember, spotting a fake isn’t about being judgmental; it’s about protecting your own faith and staying true to Christ. Let’s save the dupes for Amazon and help our fellow Christians grow in genuine faith.


  1. Jean says: