By Peter Michael Martinez
Since the beginning there has been a conflict between what is authentic and what is false. The God of Creation established the parameters and by his own hand created light and darkness.
John 1:5 “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
Comprehension is the full grasp of understanding and darkness cannot give you that. Only light can. For this reason Jesus called his Church to be “children of light” and to shine into the darkness as He did.
In the garden of Eden, the devil tempted Eve and then Adam by presenting a contrary “word” to the command of YHWH God. He told them a different message.
The message of YHWH God was one of “restriction” and the adversary came to preach a message of “liberty” to the oppressed people of Eden … Adam and Eve. What resulted was exactly the opposite of what was advertised. Mankind became slaves by following the word of the serpent.
Through the ages the same theme has repeated itself in every generation and all over the world. The serpent, through the establishment of many false and deceitful “religions” has continued to deceive and defraud the inhabitants of Earth from discovering the truth about the Kingdom of God and the character and person of the God of Creation.
This morning as a sat quietly I was drawn to the word “reprobate” in the scripture as concerning what is manifesting throughout our world. I began to meditate on this word and in looking a little closer at the original meaning and context of this word, I could hear the voice of the Shepherd warning against that which is unacceptable.
Romans 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind … “
What is a Reprobate Mind?
A close examination of the word “reprobate” reveals something I honestly was not expecting. One can gather from the context that it is a mind that accepts things that God considers abominable by just reading the text of Romans 1. But when I looked closer, what was revealed is the root of this flood of abomination.
The greek word that the Holy Spirit had Apostle Paul write in Romans 1 is “adokimos” which means “not standing the test, not approved” and if you were to stop there, that would be enough to caution anyone against having such a mind.
Every mind is tested individually. This is personal and only you can pass or fail this test in your life. The tests are given in Mark 4 which indicate that when you receive a word from the SOWER, you will go through three tests.
- 1: Snatch quickly with confusion
- 2: Persecute, ridicule, isolation, defamation
- 3: Choke or restrict nutrition, support, resources … etc.
Jesus taught that only the WORD that passed through these three tests will produce harvest of 30, 60, and 100 fold. When you get a word from the LORD concerning your life, it will be tested. When you hear a command from YHWH God, it will be tested. When you receive instruction from YHWH’s messengers, it will be tested.
The question is not whether or not it will be tested but whether or not it will survive in you to produce the harvest that the heart of the Remnant of God’s people produces. This cannot be faked. It either does or it doesn’t.
Most words or instruction, correction, reproof, or exhortation do not make it past the testing because they are hard for our pride to swallow and are often painful so that they are easily dislodged. Satan snatches the unguarded and unreceived word of the Lord.
If it should happen that the first test is passed, the second is often too difficult to bear. The word you hold will bring you persecution, ridicule, isolation, and defamation. As you can imagine, this is where most people give up the holding of the word because it starts to get expensive.
Finally, the price of holding the word you have received is choking and this test is the hardest of them all. The adversary uses the serpent technique of squeezing you until you compromise. Using the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things, he chokes the word you have received until you are broken and let go of the word you held on to.
So then a reprobate mind is one that can’t handle the pressure of these three tests. The reprobate mind makes concessions to escape the tests, rather than holding fast to the word received.
The results of this mindset are pretty clearly defined, not only since the flood but also as described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans.
Romans 1:29-32 “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Now as I continued to dig the Spirit revealed to me that the root of this word “reprobate” is COUNTERFEIT.
It is one that looks like it is authentic but does not pass the test. It appears from initial observation to be authentic but when put to the test, it fails.
“This is the state of much of what is called the Church today” I heard as I meditated on this passage.
What Does Counterfeit Really Mean?
The word “counterfeit” means “made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.” It is designed to deceive and defraud? So then it is not just a mind that is a little lost or just not willing to receive correction. This mind believes and PROMOTES that which deceives and defrauds.
Suddenly the real danger of this word became much clearer to my understanding. The mind that is reprobate not only rejects the authentic but works a “substitute” that obfuscates the real thing. In other words, it makes it harder for people to see the truth.
I am reminded of Jesus’ words to the Pharisees.
Matthew 23:13 “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.“
What Jesus was saying is that not only did the Pharisees not embrace the truth, they were making up things that were not even close to the truth to deceive the people who were coming to them in search of the truth.
The Real Pharisees Uncovered
The devil has worked overtime to paint the Pharisees as overzealous enforcers of the strict rules of scripture but that is just demonic repackaging. They not only did not practice the authentic but instead offered substitutes to that which was called for by the Bible. They essentially had a substitute doctrine for how to be accepted by YHWH God.
Pharisaic form of ritual living was the replacement. It was a counterfeit of what the Bible clearly teaches.
Haven’t you ever wondered why, if the Jews rejected Jesus as the passover lamb, they do not have at least a TABERNACLE which is a tent and continue to offer sacrifices according the law? Remember that before there was a temple in Jerusalem, they had a tabernacle. This was erected in many places in Israel, not just Jerusalem.
If Judaism is based on the law, then there should be several sacrifices made with or without a temple every year in Israel if indeed they do not believe that Messiah is the sacrifice.
The reason why is because even before the destruction of the temple, there was a doctrine of sacrifice replacement being taught by none other than the Pharisees that essentially posited that the sacrifices could be substituted in other ways. For this reason Jesus condemned the Pharisees. Not because they were devout, but because they were reprobate.
Reconsider now why Jesus overthrew the moneychangers in the temple. It wasn’t just that they had setup merchandise in the temple. It was what it represented. A counterfeit to the authentic.
The Pharisees Create Counterfeits
Jesus reserved his greatest contempt for those who subverted the Holy Law and undermined the need for the sacrifice because after all, if you don’t need a sacrifice then Jesus is unnecessary. It is the very essence of antichrist.
A counterfeit not only is an imposter, it is a detractor and devalues the authentic. Look at the warnings we have in the bible concerning the effect of the Reprobate or Counterfeit Mind.
2 Peter 2:1-2 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.“
The real intention of the counterfeit is to devalue the authentic. This is how the reprobate truly defrauds. The mind that accepts and defends counterfeits makes the authentic seem insignificant and overly “strict” as if authenticity is no longer important.
If you are one of those who keeps the commandments, you will be called by some a “Pharisee” as if they were the strict keepers of the law. In reality this is the exact opposite. It is the counterfeit that is of the Pharisees and the authentic are persecuted as John the Baptist was by those who hold the esteem of men and popularity as more important that authentic worship.
The Pharisees were the original “seeker sensitive” ministers of counterfeit doctrine. They subverted the need for the sacrifices with doctrines of men that empowered them but undermined the penalty of sin. Sound familiar?
In other words, you don’t have to pass tests anymore. You don’t have to endure. You don’t have to overcome. You can just accept the counterfeit and be “free.”
So how many counterfeits can you detect being promoted and used to deceive and defraud the people of YHWH?
What lies can you see are promoted in our world to those who should be learning the truth and instead are hearing that God accepts counterfeits by “grace” and it doesn’t matter to Him?
As you look out at what is called the Church today, you’ll find most are fully embracing the leaven of the Pharisees and embrace the counterfeits as authentic, when in fact, they are reprobate and rejected by YHWH God who sent His Only Begotten Son because … only HIS blood would meet the requirement.
There can be no other way. No other means of salvation but by the blood of the lamb. No other pathway but repentance. No other Gospel is authentic.
Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
The greatest adversary to the world is not the seeker sensitive compromised doctrine of inclusion of all things. The devil is not angry with the compromised church. The enemy of the dragon are those who hold fast no matter the test, price, or cost … to the faith passed down to us.
Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”