2Co 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (14) And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (15) So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
Today I watched an ABC 20/20 program on a horrifically evil psychopath and serial killer who came to be known as BTK (Bind, torture, kill). He chose this nickname for himself. Dennis Rader murdered 10 people, including children, from 1974-1991 in Wichita, Kansas. His reign of terror ended after some 30 years when he was finally caught in 2005.
If you want to know more about how evil hides, about how wickedness in the operates and thinks in forms of, for instance, pedophiles and domestic abusers who masquerade as fine Christians, I highly recommend you watch this program (I watched it on Hulu but I think you can watch it in parts on Netflix too).
As I was watching, it struck me that abusers (and let’s just stick to the subject of domestic abusers for now) very much share some of the same mentality as BTK and other serial killers. I think this is vital for us to understand lest we underestimate the craftiness and seriousness of domestic abusers hiding in the pews.
Continue reading “How Local Churches Become Enslaved to Evil – Insights from the BTK Killer (Part 1)”
1Co 2:1-2 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. (2) For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
C.H. Spurgeon, writing in his autobiography [Volume 1, The Early Years, Banner of Truth], recalled lecturing students in his Pastors’ College about the arrogant style of speech so many in, as he called it, the “Establishment” church use to impress their listeners. With the ingenious sarcasm only Spurgeon could utilize, he said:
“There is an ecclesiastical twang which is much admired in the Establishment, a sort of steeple-in-the-throat grandeur, an aristocratic, theologic, parsonic, supernatural, infra-human mouthing of language and rolling over of words. It may be illustrated by the following specimen – ‘He that hath yaws to yaw, let him yaw,’ which is a remarkable, if not impressive, rendering of a Scripture text. Who does not know the hallowed way of pronouncing – ‘Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in divers places’?”
The point Spurgeon was making of course is that genuine pastors, and true Christians, do not put on airs in their speaking in order to be seen as unusually pious and godly. The thing is repugnant to a real child of God.
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James 4:1-2 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? (2) You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
You desire and do not have, so you murder. This wickedness is really at the very root of evil. I have often observed that domestic abusers (and abusers of all other kinds) are murderers. Abuse is murder. We see its victims suffering from all kinds of illnesses brought on by the years and years of stress. Living with a domestic abuser is to “live” a slow death. That is how I felt for the first 25 years of pastoral ministry. Joy? Hardly. It was a slow death that continued to work its evil until I saw what was happening, by the Lord’s grace, and I was done with these sons of the enemy who parade as sons of righteousness.
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