My husband and I have made many friends and acquaintances over the years of ministry. Recently, I telephoned a lady I’d known for years, yet hadn’t spoken to for quite a while. It was nice to catch up – until…
She started to tell me about her church and how she’d become disillusioned there. I knew her church to be a solid Bible-believing church with a great evangelical minister, and where she’d been a very contented member for many years. But she said she’d gone off her minister as he’s ‘too blunt.’ I asked her, ‘Has he changed then?’ She replied, ‘Oh no. But I don’t like it anymore when he stands against certain issues, and people are leaving the church because of it‘ “That Day (the coming of the Lord) will not come unless the falling away comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
I knew this lady as a very spiritual solid Christian, with a knowledge of God’s word, and fearless when standing up for Biblical truths. So I was more than surprised when she mentioned to me the things that the minister had always been against, her too!
So when I said to her, that not only is her minister against those things, but God is too – there ended our long friendship. I was lectured about ‘love’ ‘tolerance’ and ‘acceptance’. Yes, we can love. But because ‘sin’ could not be ‘loved’ could not be ‘tolerated’ could not be ‘overlooked’ could not be ‘accepted’, the Holy Lamb of God had to suffer a cruel, agonising, and lengthy death on the cross.
I was saddened and devastated to realise – that my friend was now a doppelganger!
I thought… ‘is this possible?’ That if someone like her can become a ‘doppelganger‘ then any ‘solid’ Christian can!” But I was also confused, as I had thought that because of what Matthew 13:24 says, that ‘doppelgangers‘ were planted in the church by Satan (which they are). But it seems that even a seemingly good healthy ‘ear of wheat’ can become infected, and farmers face that battle all the time, carefully inspecting by the day.
Doppelganger: A ‘double.’ A ‘clone.’ A ‘duplicate.’ A ‘carbon copy.’ A look-alike. A TWIN.
The parable in Matthew 13:24-30 is particularly poignant in these present days when there is so much wheat turning into doppelgangers! Matthew calls them ‘tares’ or ‘weeds’ – ‘weeds’ that resemble wheat! They may ‘worship’ like real wheat. They may say ‘Hallelujah’ like real wheat! But you will know soon enough that they are a ‘weed.’
Why is this happening? Why are long-term Christians turning? It’s because they are afraid. Afraid of what? Afraid of standing alone or what people will say about them if they don’t ‘double-up.’
The aim of the devil is to make born-again Christians look ‘unloving!’ And if there is one thing that makes a Christian cringe more than anything else, it is being labelled ‘unloving.’ So they please the devil instead of the Lord.
But it is an insult to God to be more afraid of what people think of you than what God thinks of you, “Do not fear the reproach of man” (Isiah 51:7).”Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies?”(Isaiah 51:12).
“He will fulfill the desire of those who fear HIM” – not the ‘doppelgangers’ (Psalm 145:19).
“The Lord favours those who fear HIM“ – not the ‘doppelgangers’ (Psalm 147:11).
It isn’t people that we don’t love – it is sin. Because it is that now, obsolete word, that sent the sinless, Lamb of God to the cross, the most longsuffering way to die.
Beware of rubbing shoulders with doppelgangers – because infection spreads!
Turn down any offer of becoming a ‘twin’, “Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil”
“If you CONTUNUE in my word then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).
The key word there is ‘continue’ which shows that some ‘wheat’ doesn’t ‘continue’ being wheat.
Are there some ‘all-loving‘ people trying to make you a doppelganger?
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption “ (Ephesians 4:30).
Don’t get ‘cloned’ Don’t give in! Leave them to it, as it may be a place where the Lord is also leaving!
Let us pray for anyone facing rejection, and loneliness just because they cannot bless what God cannot bless.
‘Dear Heavenly Father. Give us Your courage. The courage You had to go to a cross of suffering for our sin, never turning back or giving up halfway. Help us remain faithful, even if it means that we are standing alone with only You by our side.
Lord, if we have to go ‘underground’ to obtain the freedom to be able to read and teach your word in secret, to those who WANT to know truth, then please adequately prepare and strengthen us for such a day. Amen’.
It isn’t necessarily a ‘blessed’ or a ‘truthful’ church just because it is a big church. Better with the few who fear God, rather than the many who fear people.
Copyright. Christine Smith. 2022. Living Devotions UK.
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