Counterfeit vs Genuine Intimacy :: Counterfeits

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 2/24/2019

There are two kinds of relationships: Deep ones and casual ones.

Have you ever wondered what makes the difference? It is similar interests? It is similar values? What about similar backgrounds? Similar outlooks?

All of those things play a role, but I believe that which makes a friendship deep is something called covenant.

This podcast speaks of genuine friendship — real intimacy — and offers the key to making it real in many contexts of life.

Counterfeit Morality :: (re-recorded)

Because the original recording was misplaced, this podcast was re-recorded. Recording in an empty sanctuary takes a little of the vibrancy away from the recording — but the material remains.

I grew up attending church faithfully. So I saw it’s weaknesses and I saw it’s strengths. One of the glaring weaknesses I saw in the church, early on, was its tendency toward being rule-focused. This led to what we called legalism and judgmentalism.

Ultimately, this counterfeit morality led to the dysfunction of hypocrisy.

While legalism is not characteristic of all church groups, I would guess that all of us have had a brush with it. For me, as I saw it, legalism was something that strictly belonged to the church. Outside of the church, people were accepting and non-judgmental.

How naive.

Counterfeit morality isn’t something that belongs to religious groups alone. Counterfeit morality has permeated society thoroughly.

You see it in politics, school systems, bowling leagues, sports and news shows.

Counterfeit morality is everywhere.

This podcast speaks about counterfeit morality, giving us a way to discover the meaning and source of genuine morality.