Satan has ever been seeking to thwart God by imitation.
When Aaron wrought wonders with his rod “they also did in like manner with their enchantments.” Miracle was matched by miracle, and wonder by wonder, up to the point where God triumphed by confounding the deceivers.
So has it been with the Church of Christ all through her history. Satan has ever been seeking to thwart God by imitation rather than by denial… He will approach as near the truth as possible, and still keep to his lie…Let us not abandon our wheat field because the devil has sowed tares in it. The fact that he sows tares, is his testimony to the genuineness of the wheat.
(A. J. Gordon)