Identifying the Counterfeit

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God,
a worker who does not need to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Years (decades!) ago I worked as a bank teller. In order to detect counterfeit money, we did not spend hours studying such counterfeits; instead we invested our time learning to recognize the distinctive characteristics of authentic bills. It was only through familiarizing ourselves with the authentic that we could then easily detect the counterfeit.

Religion and faith are much like that. We know there is an authentic faith because there are so many counterfeits. In order to identify the counterfeit, we must first be intimately acquainted with the Real Deal. The only way to do that is to be a disciplined student of the Scriptures, regularly and rightly “dividing the word of truth.”

Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at:

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