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Why Impostors Love the Church

Why Impostors Love the Church

Russell Moore

MOORE to the POINT

www.russellmoore.com

Recently I read a book that kept me awake a couple of nights. It was about “Clark Rockefeller,” and the scare quotes are important. The man was neither “Clark” nor “Rockefeller.” He was a German immigrant who crafted an identity as an heir of one of America’s wealthiest dynasties. He married, fathered a child, and was involved in fraud, theft, and maybe even murder. And no one ever knew, until the very end.

What made me squirm was that fact that the fake Rockefeller’s inroad to all his deception were churches and relationships, particularly with women. He would make the connections he needed in local congregations, and he would charm the women there. At the same time, he would parasitically imitate the men, watching and mirroring back to them their convictions and opinions, even the inflections of their voices. But, behind all of that, there was nothing real but a predatory appetite.

The New Testament warns us, of course, about spiritual impostors. Sometimes these “wolves” are there to introduce subtly false doctrine. But, just as often, it seems, these spiritual carnivores hold to true doctrine, at least on the surface. But they use this doctrine and service for predatory ends.

More here:

http://www.christianresearchservice.com/why-impostors-love-the-church/

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One response

  1. I’ve seen it happen in local churches, more than once. I ask, where was the discernment in these churches, or in many other ones for that matter?
    Who is “minding the store”?

    Thanks for sharing that insight .

    God bless,
    Scarlett

    May 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm

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