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From Outside In to Inside Out

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed. — Mark 16:14-20a

While listening to a sermon covering the final chapter of Mark, it occurred to me that this particular passage provides a scriptural answer to why we see many of the things listed here so often faked and counterfeited within the walls of the Church. A year never goes by without at least one national news story involving a church service handling rattle snakes where participants were rushed to the hospital upon being bitten. And, of course, we not only have the “healing crusades” where real ailments are never actually cured and spurious claims made for resolving strange health issues such as one leg being shorter than the other. Sooner or later it is disclosed how those “healed” were actors or, worse still, believing themselves cured, cease their medical treatment and soon thereafter get much worse or die. And don’t get me started on all the YouTube videos documenting false expressions of charismatic gifts in so-called “signs and wonders” services. All the fakery that has come to be commonly associated with Christianity is summarized here, and in among the details we are presented with the reason why, exactly, these public displays are unbiblical from the outset.

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