Appalled. I too am appalled at my life, at myself. At times horrified. Both for sinning against conscience before conversion and for sinning against conscience and sinning against The Holy Spirit post conversion. There is a Balm of Gilead that heals the sin sick soul.
Great Sermon! My friend told me about a church she had attended where the music minister was verbally abusive. Members would "pat the hand" of the abused and apologetically say, "Don't be hurt by what he said, he's a blunt, very direct speaking person. That's just who he is."
Great Message! From the sermon details:
What are the warning signs of evil that we should spot in the church? Why are Christians so stubbornly reluctant to call evil what it is... EVIL.
Pastor Jeff, this is a great continuation to your "Wise as Serpents" series.
The Abusive Side of Evil Is this part of the "Wise as Serpents" series Bro. Jeff teaches one to be aware that evil/abusive people lack empathy, are manipulative, conniving, and have double standards.
That Broadway to Destruction In this continuation of the" Wise as Serpents" series Bro. Jeff gives us evidences of some "Christ-confessing" people, churches and organizations that are on the broadway to destruction. Thanks for reminding us, Bro. Jeff, that we are not suppose to turn a blind eye toward evil.
Very, Very Good! Thank you, pastor Jeff, for showing that there's more to Ephesians than the passages that people use to exercise authority over someone for their own gain. As Christians, we are to love the Lord Jesus and be imitators of Him.
Many Thanks for This Message I have a relative who continually tells me about the Scripture twisting going on by her abusive (bullying) partner to justify his actions. Thank you for dealing with this.
Great Sermon! Yes Mary, It is a terrible thing to be targeted so many times. But Thank GOD we are now wiser.
I am following GOD"S instructions and reading Proverbs everyday. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD. Reading Proverbs will instruct us in our daily living and how to recognize evil.
Blessings to you,
Great Sermon! Another excellent body of wise wisdom on the nature of evil.
I read Vanessa's comment. I too have been the victim of evil men more than once. How sad it is to escape one to only be deceived by another. I do not know why this happens to some of us women. But I do have an idea. We are left so vulnerable after escaping an evil abusive man, there is virtually no one in the 'church' that understands, instead you find yourself the object of gossip, or you are avoided, or looked down upon, or worse still blamed for that happened to you. (You 'let' it happen. You should have known better. We don't believe that you were deceived by this man. It's all your fault for getting involved with him...etc). So we are left largely alone, or fully alone, now a pariah of sorts. This makes us doubly vulnerable, even more vulnerable than the original varied reasons that we were an easy target for an evil man in the first place. And then comes satan, right in a moment of weakness and lonlieness with just the words and comforts we want to hear and feel, in the form of an angel of light, in the form of words dripping with honey, in the form of a charming, confident man promising us the world, and claiming Christ. Oh what a tragedy to fall victim a second, third or fourth time. I had no one around teachin