The Holy Spirit Calls us to Expose Evil — People Tell us to be Quiet About it

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:19-21)

All through my life I have seen evil and injustice. Like most of you, I have seen it personally in the workplace and in the church. And every time I have seen it, I have been told to be quiet about it. Not by the Lord, but by people. When you are told often enough that you are exaggerating, that you are too judgmental, that you need to just overlook things, you start to believe it. You think that you must be “a problem.”

Here is the thesis of this article that I want to state and support:

The Holy Spirit inhabits and leads every Christian. Because He is the holy Spirit, He reacts against un-holiness. When the Christian is in the presence of evil, the Spirit in him tells him “something is wrong here. This is not right. This is sin. Here is what God’s Word says about this.” 

And then what happens? When the Christian, led by the Spirit, speaks out against this wrong and exposes it, pressure from the enemy comes against him to be quiet about it. To minimize it. To feel a sense of guilt for even thinking badly about someone else. And this opposition to the Spirit, this quenching of the Lord in us, is particularly effective when it comes from the mouth of someone who claims to be a fellow believer —

“Now, Jeff, that is just how Mrs. Smith is. She is really a very good woman and fine Christian. So just be patient with her tantrums and steer a wide path around her and try to get along. We try not to talk much around here about her foibles. After all, she is such a fine pianist and choir director.”

Mrs. Smith has been the pianist and choir director in that church for 40 years! And for 40 years Mrs. Smith has thrown those wicked tantrums whenever she doesn’t get her way. This is sin. It is evil. Mrs. Smith is an agent of the enemy, but the “godly folk” there in the church make it clear that you must not speak of her sin or talk about the Bible saying we are to deal with sin in the church.

In the very first church that I was a pastor in, I knew by the third day that something was very, very wrong. I wasn’t wise enough to know exactly what it was, but I knew. I felt it. I met with the church board consisting of some six or seven people and I simply did not see Christ in them. Oh, perhaps one or two were believers, but not the rest (time would prove that assessment to be accurate). And there were other issues evident that plainly contradicted God’s Word regarding life in His church.

We were sent to this church by a home missions board that we were with. I phoned our regional director and gave him my assessment of the situation. In just a few hours I received a phone call from the head of the missions agency and he was irate! He told me that “of course the people in that church are unsaved. Don’t try to change anything. Just be patient with them, get to know them, and they will get saved.” In others words, “Jeff, just shut up about these things you see that you say are contrary to the Lord’s truth. You are just going to cause trouble.”

Well, I was in that church for eight years. I assumed the missions director knew what he was talking about. I didn’t want to be a trouble maker. So I preached Scripture and taught the people and. . . what happened? Trouble. Attacks. Constant division and fighting. Rank immorality. A terrible testimony to the community. And why was that? Because the Holy Spirit had been trying to tell me from the very start that this “church” was no church at all because there were but maybe one or two genuinely converted people in it.  That is to say, my first conviction that I needed to announce something like this to a congregation of the wicked was right, and that missions director was dead wrong —

When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations — I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:12-17)

You see, these were not mere unbelieving pagans. No, these were church members who claimed to be Christians! That “church” needed to be reduced to a small handful and genuine believers, and then begin a real ministry.

The Holy Spirit leads us to expose evil. People, especially false Christians, pressure us to hide it, excuse it, and cover it up.

And that brings us right back round to why abusers are able to operate and hide in most churches. Evil is not called evil. Those who call evil out are labeled as trouble makers. Just like most of you have been called trouble makers, unloving, unforgiving, and judgmental because you dared say that your abuser is a wicked person parading as a Christian. It has taken me decades, but the Lord has finally gotten it through my head. I will not be quiet when the Spirit of Christ shows me evil in His church. I will make trouble for that evil. I will not minimize the circumstances and excuse it with some blow off statement like, “well, you know we are all brothers in Christ here and we just must love and forgive and be patient.” No! Where in God’s Word does the Lord instruct us to keep quiet about Satan in our midst? Nowhere. That’s where.

These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude 1:12-13)

9 thoughts on “The Holy Spirit Calls us to Expose Evil — People Tell us to be Quiet About it

    1. Jeff Crippen

      I think confronting evil means bringing it right out into the open. It means speaking the truth about it. Reporting it to the police when it is a crime. Reporting it to church leaders when the wicked one is a professing Christian. It means teaching about the subject of abuse. What I have found over and over again is that pastors and churches and Christians in general don’t want to hear it. “Why is he talking about THAT in church!!??” But you cannot truthfully teach God’s Word without teaching about evil, and quite often as a matter of fact. Confronting evil means to confront the evil one and to withdraw from him. We are to come out from among them and be separate – the Lord’s own command. While leaving an abuser spouse is not always easy and while sometimes circumstances prevent doing so at least for a time, nevertheless freedom requires getting out of Egypt.

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        1. Jeff Crippen

          Then you have done your duty and they have the responsibility to deal with the wicked one in their midst. If they fail to do so, then they are showing themselves to be false pastors and a false church. Just as Christ departs from such a false church, so do His people. I mean, why remain in a place where Christ has departed? And surely if people who claim to be Christians do not hunger and thirst for righteousness, if they are in fact like the priest and Levite who left the beaten and robbed man laying in his blood rather than helping him, then they demonstrate that they are not of Christ. We leave a counterfeit church.

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  1. walkinginlight

    I exposed the evil right to the relatives who did the dirty deed, and then withdrew from them as there was no repentance or the slightest bit of remorse. I have not heard one peep from any of them since I openly named their wicked sins to them in a letter addressed to all of the perpetrators. And what they did, God calls it sin in His word. A million thanks for always speaking the truth!!


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  2. Krikit

    Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIMB)
    “About this we have many things to say, which are hard to explain because you are dull of hearing. For when as concerning the time you ought to be teachers, yet you need us again to teach you the first principles of the word of God, and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For everyone who is fed with milk is inexpert in the word of righteousness. For he is but a babe. But strong meat belongs to those who are full of age, who through regular use have their wits exercised to judge both good and evil also.”

    It is made clear to us that if we are to be mature in our Christian Faith, we are to grow to be wise (full of age) by the regular practice of the righteous discerning of good and evil. Without such practice and gained wisdom, we remain spiritual babies suckling Spiritual Milk.

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  3. walkinginlight

    Unfortunately I have known way too many “milk drinkers” in my walk, and they seem to like it that way. Then they can stick their cowardice head in the sand and let us that discern and eat the “meat” of the word do all of the battle! I wish this was not my experience along the way, but sadly it has been. Many blessings to everyone here.


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