This blog is about evil. Specifically, it is about evil that hides in churches behind a deceptive facade of “saintliness.” And it is about the warnings God’s Word gives us (and there are many) to be on careful watch for the emissaries of evil who will most certainly attempt to creep into the Body of Christ:
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
And it is about how careless and UN-watchful the church is today in heeding our Lord’s warnings. As my first published article for this blog says, the lights are dim in Goshen.
I know about evil. I didn’t always know, nor do I know fully yet. But I was a police officer for 14 years, I have now been a pastor for 34 years (since 1983), and I have spent the last seven years exposing domestic abusers who hide in local churches and are highly successful at winning the leaders and members of their church as allies in wickedness. So yes, I know about evil. But even now I have to be watchful because the subtleties of our enemy are incredibly deceiving.
The ministry I began in 2010 with a Domestic Abuse Sermon Series went on to include two books (A Cry for Justice and Unholy Charade) which I wrote on that subject and a blog which many of you are familiar with, A Cry for Justice. Barbara Roberts continues to publish and maintain that blog as a ministry to victims of domestic abuse. This blog, Light for Dark Times, is in no way meant to be in competition with A Cry for Justice, but is intended to address covert evil in the church more broadly than just the evil of domestic abuse. I would certainly recommend that anyone desiring to become wise about evil hiding in the church begin by studying how domestic abusers work their wickedness all the while parading as the finest and most eminent church members to be found.
Finally, I want to explain why Light for Dark Times will not be accepting reader comments on the published posts. While comments can certainly be very helpful to both the author and the readers, they require quite a lot of time and labor because they must be moderated before they are posted. I simply do not have that time. I want to focus my labors on writing posts that bring light into the incredible darkness that, in my opinion, reigns in so many local churches and individual believer’s lives today.
I do have an email address. It is firstname.lastname@example.org I cannot promise to answer every email that I receive from readers but I will look at them.