Brethren now days most people tend to Pretend to be someone or something they’re not. Remember going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car. Your most powerful testimony is how you treat others after the church service is over.
Many think that pretending to be someone or something they’re not will be worth it. Moreover, if you feel you need to pretend to fit in, you’re hanging out with the wrong people. It’s the most disappointing thing to put so much effort into being something you’re not, and then people still don’t like you. So brethren don’t let your lips and your lives preach two different messages.
When Jesus was on earth he had much to say about such people who would use His name, but not do what He said. In Matthew 5:17, He said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law,” but many people claiming to be Christian today mistakenly think that Jesus came to destroy the law and liberate people from it.
Jesus’ instructions are the basis for Paul’s admonition to “walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:12). Jesus predicted long ago that people would claim to be His followers, but reject His commands. Brethren what a heartbreak it would be to live an “almost” Christian life, then an “almost” get into heaven-John 14:6.
There are many reasons why people may pretend to like someone who they don’t really like. As you guessed, most of the time it’s to get something very specific that they want. Access to the person’s social circle, that person’s money (via getting their approval), things like like that.
People also pretend to like you to boost their ego. They pretend they like you because they want to be liked back. After all, if they pretend they like you, you’ll likely think they’re awesome, and this loop feeds their ego.
Now wonder, Matthew 6:1-2 Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Most pretenders usually starts looking like an angel, and uses it to their advantage. People will also pretend to like others to avoid confrontation and conflict situations. You have to admit to this, sometimes it’s just easier to pretend that you like someone for the sake of peace.
I released why people pretend to be something so different from what they are is to either be offensive or defensive.
Most people pretend to be someone they’re not when they’re in a situation where they feel the pressure. They feel they cannot truly be themselves because they will be judged, they feel restrained. So they pretend to avoid criticism or judgement.
Brethren there is another dangerous group of people who use pretence to manipulate others. They pretend to get something they want. Perhaps someone sees something about you that could be of benefit to them, and they feel they should capitalize on that opportunity by putting on an act and making you feel some type of way about them.
Mostly pretenders’ sin on purpose saying, “I’ll just repent later” and disobey God’s teachings. Even though we are all sinners Christians don’t sin wilfully and deliberately.
The Bible says in 1 John 3:6 that “Those who live in Christ don’t go on sinning. Those who go on sinning haven’t seen or known Christ”.
Most pretenders choose to follow false teachings from the Bible given by false preachers or they just refuse to obey instructions from God and follow their own minds.