An article in the New York Times says social media imposters are multiplying on the internet. Phony profiles pose as actors, singers, politicians, and famous people to cheat the public out of money, lure some into sex offenses, and a lot more. Facebook says it has at least 80 million fake accounts. Jesus said when He returns to judge people for their actions on earth, many will appear before Him who have been bamboozled by phony messages and messengers. Many will have been deceived by their own faulty minds into thinking they were ready to meet their Maker. In this life, they were too busy and proud to admit their need of a Savior. They trusted and followed their faulty instincts. Jesus said on the day He judges, true character will come to light. Here is what we read in Matthew chapter 7, “On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you.’” Jesus knows our inner hearts, our motives. That’s why we cannot fake it with Him. We must have a genuine relationship with God that comes from sincere faith in Jesus the Christ.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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