Avoiding Spiritual Counterfeits

From an article by Dennis C. Gaunt

Satan has many spiritual counterfeits he uses to deceive us into believing his lies. If we are not careful, we can be fooled. Here are four ways you can detect and avoid Satan’s spiritual counterfeits.

  1. Be as familiar as possible with gospel truth. The more deeply we know the truth, the easier it will be to spot the differences when Satan presents us with his counterfeits.
  2. Study the Book of Mormon. President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) taught: “The Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. … God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson [2014], 132).
  3. Beware of flattering speech. Flattery is shallow and insincere; it is often used to deceive. Those who use flattery tell us what we want to hear. The Lord’s prophets, however, tell us the simple yet important truths we need to hear. Flattery is the language Satan speaks.
  4. Have the Spirit with you. When you have the Spirit with you, you will see and hear “things as they really are” (Jacob 4:13). With the Spirit, you can recognize Satan’s counterfeit plans and schemes “with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night” (Moroni 7:15).

Our “counterfeit” enemy is smart, but we can be smarter. We can gradually train our eye as well as our mind and spirit to recognize the differences between truth and lies.

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