11 responses

  1. Arthur Sido
    October 14, 2013

    Very well said Dan. I agree that those who feel “phony” are more likely to be actual, born-again Christians than those who blithely go along Sunday after Sunday. I think some of this has to do with the religious culture we live in that hampers relationships and encourages plastic faced religious anonymity.

  2. Linda
    October 15, 2013

    Hi Dan,
    I’m thinking that being a Christian imposter is a serious offense. You are right, I believe, when you say that repentance has to happen and truth has to be the default in this situation toward God and toward others.

    Deception is wicked. Truth is righteous. If we remain in deception and in deceiving there will be serious consequences in the end. It would probably be better for this person to leave the church if they are too afraid to reveal what is true. We must be true to ourselves. If we are living a lie we need to change this. There is no profit in deception.

    You say that some people may feel like imposters but really aren’t. I’m not sure that the Holy Spirit would do this. We are convicted of truth by the Holy Spirit. The only other thought for me would be that the church being attended by this person is fraudulent and that there are no real Christians attending this church.

    I’m trying to think of stories and teaching in the OT and in the NT that deal with decepton. The only ones on the top of my head are the mediums who were deceiving people with their witchcraft and magic. They were not allowed by OT law to remain alive in the OT. This is harsh, but I think that we have to realize that God is very serious about this issue.

    • Dan Edelen
      October 16, 2013

      Linda,

      I think it’s more of a sense of not fitting in, making it more of a social issue than a spiritual one. The problem is that people conflate it with a spiritual problem. I also think it is a very common feeling. You feel like an imposter because, at that moment, you’re not feeling a part of the fellowship. You feel distant and disconnected.

  3. Rob Grayson
    October 17, 2013

    Great post, Dan. And very well timed.

  4. Luke
    March 25, 2014

    Well put, Dan. I’ve been feeling like an imposter for some time and I have to say faking it is very draining; mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes I feel it would be so much easier to not be a Christian, but of course biblically that would cause more inner turmoil! You have definitely given me food for thought. Thankyou.

  5. Donna
    April 3, 2014

    Thank you so much for this post. I have really been struggling lately and came up on this post. It was very helpful. Thank you!

  6. JoAnn
    October 4, 2014

    Thank you for this post. It really blessed me.

  7. Hannah
    December 2, 2014

    I’ve been struggling for awhile wondering now if I’m truly saved. I’ve felt that maybe my repentance to the Lord was not genuine, or that I have phony motives. I’ve asked the Lord to show me the errors of my ways, and he may have… I think I keep examining myself and worrying I’m not saved rather than focusing on Christ. And I think I’ve been selfish, but every time I try to look to Christ, I just can’t focus enough! I truly don’t know what to do, I read God’s word all the time looking for guidance, I’ve been praying that the Lord would help me get through this, but I’ve been going nowhere! I almost feel hopeless… because without God, I wouldn’t no what to do. I don’t know if God’s testing me, or just not answering because I might have wrong motives… I’d really like some help!

  8. SHANIEL GUTHRIE
    January 19, 2015

    I FEEL LIKE AN IMPOSTER WHEN EVER I AM WORSHIPPING IT FEELS LIKE IM DOING IT FOR PEOPLE TO SEE I FEEL LIKE I AM A BIG FAKE PLEASE HELP AM I ? I JUMP I SCREAM BUT I JUST FEEL LIKE I DO IT FOR PEOPLE TO SEE I REALLY AND TRULY WANT TO SERVE GOD I GIVE MY LIFE TO HIM I STOPPED SO MANY STUFF TO SERVE HIM WHY ME ? WHY THIS? PLEASE PRAY FOR ME I DONT WANT GOD TO HATE ME PLEASEI JUST YEARN FOR HIS ANOITING I YYEARN FOR HIS LOVE AND FAVOR PLEASE JUST HELP ME PLEASEE

    • Dan Edelen
      January 19, 2015

      Shaniel,

      The easiest way to course correct is to go somewhere no one can see you but God and rediscover Him, just the two of you. You can’t be fake then.

      “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”–Matthew 6:5-6

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