Being an Eternal Optimist toward a RASN is a futile path

2Ti 4:14-15 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. (15) Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.

God’s Word is very negative about certain kinds of evil people. I call them RASN’s as you know (revilers, abusers, sociopaths, narcissists). One of the ways that these wicked ones hold power over Christians is based upon lie which are so often perpetuated in our churches. “Anyone can change.” “We must forgive and love everyone.” “We are all sinners.” But the Bible does not teach those statements in the way evil perverts them.

Step back and think about what the Bible says regarding so many evil people whose names and deeds are recorded in Scripture. Take Alexander the coppersmith for instance. Did the Apostle Paul tell Timothy to be patient with Alexander? To work to try to move him to repentance? Or even to pray for him? Obviously not. He pronounced coming judgment upon this wicked man and told Timothy to watch out for him because he was dangerous.

Being an eternal optimist toward a RASN is a flight of fancy, and it is a dangerous flight. I have had abuse victims on occasion respond to me in anger when I tell them this about their abuser. “My god is able to save anyone,” they say. Well, I used a lower case “g” there because the god they are describing is not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is not able to save everyone. Can God save, for instance, the devil? No. Why? Because the devil has been handed over to holy justice – his destiny is decreed by God to be the lake of fire. How did Jesus respond to Judas? I realize that these things are deep, that God desires all to repent and  yet He casts those who refuse into hell. And He even tells us that we are not to pray for certain people (see Jeremiah 7:16 and I John 5:16).

The RASN wants you to pity him. To disregard the evil things he does (and focus instead upon YOUR flaws). To be patient with him and keep on feeding his insatiable lust for ego supply. His mission, like that of Alexander, is to extinguish the light of Christ in  you so that you cease to expose his darkness.


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