Unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church

Don’t Get Drawn into the Fantasy World of the Wicked

1Jn 1:6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

RASN’s (you are probably getting this acronym by now, Reviler, Abuser, Sociopaths, Narcissists) live in a fantasy world of their own creation. In their kingdom, they are king (or queen). All revolves around them. Other people exist only to be their supply/reservoir feeding their ego with praise and adulation. Apart from this function, which they demand of us, we have no value at all.

RASN’s are entitled. They are superior. They deserve. Every problem they face – at work, at home, in the church – is fundamentally a failure of others to acknowledge their superiority and given them the adoration to which they are entitled.

This, of course, is a world of fantasy. A fictional land created by a wicked soul.

Now, here is the point I want to make – if we are not wise to all of this, if we are blind to what we are facing, or if we choose some benefit that the wicked offer us, then WE are going to be drawn into that land of lies. We will become an ally of evil.

To some degree we have all done this. RASN’s are very deceptive and most people are not wise to their game. So they draw us in. We defend them. We cover for them. We believe them. We think that they aren’t appreciated at work as they deserve. We think that they are misunderstood. Until….

Until the lights go on and we see who they really are. And here is a critical point of decision – will we continue to participate in their land of fantasy for the benefits we might get from doing so, or will we depart from this darkness and come out into the Light of the Lord’s truth?

Sadly, I have seen numbers of cases in which the RASN’s target has made the wrong choice here. In order to keep the financial benefits, to maintain the image, to avoid the cost of standing for righteousness, they chose to continue play-acting with the wicked. They chose the world rather than Christ and in doing so became the ally of the wicked one. They chose to live a lie.


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  1. Janet H.

    I needed to hear that today. Thank you!

  2. Left

    Hits home, literally. This is a packed and powerful message, particularly while untangling from their ceaseless web. Thank you Pastor Crippen.


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