Psa 91:14-16 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. (15) When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. (16) With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Anyone who follows Christ, who walks in faith and confesses Him in this fallen world, is going to become the target of the wicked. I concluded long ago that the fundamental reason so many abuse victims are abuse victims is because they are Christians and their abuser, in spite of his charade of “godliness,” is a child of the devil. He hates the truth, hates the light, hates the Lord whom his victim follows.
I have seen it and experienced it as well in local churches. The Psalmist’s question, “why do the nations rage?” (Psalm 2) is a question I have often over the years asked in this form, “why do the church members rage against the Lord and His truth?” EVERY local church that I have been called to pastor, EVERY single one, required intense battle. Not with enemies outside, but with those inside the visible church.
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Mat 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.
1Co 2:9-10 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”– (10) these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
When we describe or try to define evil, we end up using words that are negatives of the good:
I think it was R.C. Sproul that I once heard speak about this. He said that evil is actually a parasite on what is good and that in a sense evil cannot exist in and of itself apart from the good.
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Jer 20:7 O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me.
Heb 11:36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.
One of the most common and wicked tactics in our enemy’s arsenal is something that perhaps we do not recognize easily. Mocking. Holding someone in contempt and scorn, almost always accompanied by a smile of derision. Laughing at the oppressed. Ridicule. It is a cruel and ugly thing.
All of us have been mocked at one time or another. There have probably even been times when, to our shame, we mocked someone else unrighteously (we will talk about “righteous mocking” after we deal with the evil form). Mocking comes, unfortunately, quite easily to the sinful human heart. We who are in Christ grow to hate and repent of it.
Here is the dictionary entry: “to tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.”
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