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Mat 16:22-23 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” (23) But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
It happened again recently. A survivor of domestic abuse told me that two people had approached her (one a pastor, one a “friend”) and essentially (in one case literally) said, “the Lord told me to speak to you.” They each went on with some of the usual blathering about how she needed to forgive her abuser, love her abuser, and generally have warm thoughts and feelings about her abuser.
Now, I know this lady. What she is is a justice seeker. A seeker of justice. She isn’t trying to take personal vengeance, but she wants justice. Not only for what the abuser did, but also for the additional abuse her church laid upon her.
And yet, here come these self-identifying prophets insisting that they come with a message from the Lord for her.
Consider what Peter was doing in the Scripture cited above. What was he doing? He was claiming to instruct the Lord! He was telling Jesus that He must not go up to Jerusalem. But of course, the Son of God has a pretty good idea what His Father was telling him to do! So he rebuked Peter in strong terms. Peter was being used by the enemy in an attempt to short circuit the cross.
And THIS is the same thing that these kind of people do. A few months back a local pastor showed up in our morning service. Afterward he told me he was on a one year sabbatical and so he had been “led by the Lord” to “wash the feet of the saints.” Specifically, those of other local pastors. [Don’t ask me what this foot washing even meant]. How pious and godly it all sounds.
We also published this post at Light for Dark Times this morning because we want everyone to see it. 1Co 5:3-4 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Heb 3:18-19 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? (19) So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. You hear this all the time from pastors and professing Christians...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
2Co 6:14-18 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (15) What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
As most of our readers probably know, I always tell abuse victims these two things: Abusers never change, and A marriage to an abuser does not need to be fixed, it needs to be ended. I advise people to base their decisions about whether to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
John 7:12-13 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him. Let us...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Mat 23:27-28 “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. (28) So you also outwardly appear...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Rev 2:14-16 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A few years back I received a copy of a small book written by Pastor Marc J. Grimaldi entitled Gossip: The Church Killer. It included a letter from Pastor Grimaldi which indicated he had sent out a copy of his book to pastors such as myself. He...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This blog (Light for Dark Times) is a ministry of Christ Reformation Church. It began as Light for Dark Times and it’s original intent was focused upon teaching Christians what the Bible has to say about evil. Specifically, evil in local...[ abbreviated | read entire ]