The identity of the imposter
Who is the imposter?
The imposter is a false spiritual self. A perverted mixture of the natural soul-life and the spirit, with the natural soul/life (self-will) giving the commands that the body carries out fulfilling the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17).
The imposter operates on the fringe of the spirit, mimicking the life of the spirit. The imposter is the natural self out of sync with the spiritual self and the word of God.
The love of God and the love of self, which includes the love of the world and the things of the world, is a defiled mixture that produces defiled unspiritual fruit. The soulish believer may be convinced that he/she loves God because of how they feel in their emotions. The bible tells us that we are to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, with our whole being in-sync with God and His word (Luke 10:25-27; Matthew 19:16-26).
The Greek word for love is the verb agapao which means “to totally give ourselves over to something,” to be totally consumed with or to be totally committed to it. In other words, what we agapao is what we willingly submit our wills and our lives to. It’s what we put first in our lives. All of our self spirit and soul is consumed with God. Loving God in the way He desires is not an emotional type of love, but a total commitment type of love. Our emotions are to be the servant not the evidence of our love for God. TO LOVE GOD MEANS TO LOSE SELF. To love God in the way He desires, means to surrender, relinquish, and set aside our self-life so that His life in our hearts can come forth. A scripture that sums up what loving God really means is Matthew 16:24 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” To follow Christ in obedience to this command demands the sacrifice of SELF.
Soulish men and women are under the control of their souls with their spirit suppressed. They may be exceedingly gifted, intelligent and charismatic, able to present masterful ideas and plans that appear to be spiritual. But because they are not controlled by the Spirit of God, they are unfit to receive true revelation from the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit revelation is opposed to soulish human ideas. In the hands of soulish believers the word of God that is designed to sanctify the life, renew the mind, and to free us from the curse of our old creation, becomes an ugly amalgamation (merging, uniting and combining into one) of the natural self and the spiritual self, with the natural self or human intellect in control, leading to the suppression and neutralizing of the spiritual self (John 1:17; 8:31-36; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:22-24).
Being soulish is being antagonistic to being spiritual. The spirit the noblest part of us, the part which may be united to God, and which is designed to regulate the soul and body, is now under the dominion of the soul, that part of us that belongs to our lower nature, is earthly in both motive and purpose, and in which the virus of sin resides. The spirit has been stripped of its original position. Everything is done independently of the spirit and according to the dictates of the soulish mind/intellect. The soul has replaced the spirits authority. The result is that the pursuit of God is carried on in the strength of the natural life, by unstable double minded believers suffering from a type of schizophrenic multiple personality disorder. The imposter is a professing believer who wants to gain Christ’s life without giving up the life that He died to rescue them from. Jesus said they who seek to save their life-soul will lose-destroy it (Matthew 16:25-26). When demons define truth through false teachers, there lies, forgeries, and delusions are aimed at the imposter-the fallen nature in the soul.
The imposter is flesh dressed up in spiritual clothes.
2 Timothy 3:5-7; cf. Titus 1:16; 2:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 2 Cor. 5:1-2; Rom 16:17-1