Unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church

Evil People are not Rare in the World OR in the Visible Church

Act 20:28-30 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. (29) I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; (30) and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

The church, the true church, the real body of Christ is holy and righteous. It consists of people who are the Lord’s flock, people He knows. And a local, visible church that is a true church consists primarily of just such people, although there may be some in the pews who are not born again. Local churches in this present world – even the best of them – will not be absolutely pure. But where the Word of God is truly preached and taught and believed, where the Lord’s Table and Baptism are observed, and where church discipline (real, righteous and just discipline) is practiced, you have a true church. Sadly, in our day, such true churches seem to be getting harder and harder to find.

Whenever you have unbiblical preaching, a watered down “gospel,” an improper exercise of the sacraments (ordinances) or a sinful neglect of biblical discipline – what are you going to have? Well, I propose that what you are going to have is what we have today! More and more local churches that are full of counterfeits who honor the Lord with their lips but their hearts are far from Him.

When you read the New Testament (and the Old for that matter), think about it – how often do you read things like:

  • Descriptions of evil people to watch for
  • Descriptions of the tactics of evil, false shepherds or members
  • Rebukes for toleration of evil in the church
  • Instruction for church discipline, why? Because evil in the church must be dealt with.
  • Threatenings from the Lord for a church’s refusal to put evil out or to separate from it.

Get the idea? The problem of wicked ones coming in among Christ’s people is not some rare phenomenon. It is, in fact, typical. Think of how many of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 received no rebuke from the Lord and in several cases the rebuke was for “tolerating that woman Jezebel” or “the Nicolaitan” heretics. Evil within is not rare. It is always at the door and it would seem that it very often is receiving a warm welcome.

What then is the point? It is that we must stop buying into this nonsense that “everyone is welcome in the church.” Or, “we are to love everyone, just love them to Jesus no matter who they are.” Or, “we must not doubt that anyone who professes to be a Christian really is a Christian.” You’ve heard all of these lies before I am sure.

No, we are to have the Lord’s armor on. We are to be watchful. We are to be on guard for ourselves and for the flock. Because, well, because:

1Pe 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.


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  1. Esther

    My ex-husband became an atheist several years ago and decided to try and drag all his children along with him by sending podcasts, videos and having engaging conversations about his new found rebellion against God. I was of course devastated as I had homeschooled our children for most of my 33 years of married life and we had committed to raise them in the fear and admonition of The Lord. I made an appointment to speak with a pastor from the church we were both members of so they could be aware that my husband’s church membership was being breeched by his open rebellion against God. Not only did this pastor ask what I had done to cause him to go in this direction, but never did they call or contact my ex-husband in any way and to my knowledge he is still a member in good standing at this baptist church. Watching what used to be my church tolerate evil within their midst, is heart-wrenching.

    • I am so sorry you were so wickedly treated. However I am convinced this is not at all unusual in so many churches. Women in particular are oppressed and dealt injustice. That church sadly is not a church.

    • Grace

      It’s horrifying that they blamed you and didn’t deal with him in any way. Satan has certainly infiltrated many churches, and those who let this kind of thing go are clearly not following Christ. Praying that your children stay firm in the faith.

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