The Wicked Demand Secrecy – Darkness Hates the Light

When in hearing the Word preached, and sins reproved in the congregation, some hearers misapply the same. As for example, the minister reproves the sin of swearing, of drunkenness, or any such sin; then someone guilty thereof, does not only surmise, but also breaks forth into this speech: Now the preacher means me; he speaks this of me; he censures my facts and speeches. Hereupon follow spite and malice against the person of the minister, and also rash censuring and condemning of his ministry. [From an unknown Puritan minister of long ago]

A friend sent me this quotation recently. They did so because all of us here in this church have seen this very thing played out many times over the years. We have been hated by the wicked because the preaching of God’s Word exposed their evil.

The wicked, and perhaps even especially domestic abusers pretending to be holy Christians, hate any kind of exposure and they stand ready to punish any hint of light shining on who they really are and what they are really doing.

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The Wicked Sow Evil in the Fields of the Righteous

Matthew 13:24-25 ESV  He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field,  (25)  but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.

I drove by a house the other day which set off a memory from many years ago. My wife and I had visited there because the couple, who had been attending our church, invited us over for the afternoon. We had a great time and I really liked them.

Within just a few days that all changed.

They stopped attending our church. They did not respond to my calls. And when I happened to run into them at the store a couple of weeks later they were absolutely cold to me, muttered a few words, and moved on.

I found out later that a very wicked man who we had been dealing with in the church, had “befriended” them and unloaded all kinds of lies about me, about the church, about…just everything. And they swallowed it. They were done with us. I don’t think I ever saw them again. Just that fast a hopeful friendship was destroyed.

Most of you have had this happen I am sure. A wicked person – often an evil abusive spouse – spread deceitful lies about you and your family, your friends, your church, even your children – believed them. The enemy did this. He came in the night and sowed evil seed. Fools bit, hook, line, and sinker.

 

 

The Wicked Work to Alienate Others Against Us

Proverbs 26:24-26 ESV  Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;  (25)  when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart;  (26)  though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

It is a very consistent evil. The wicked work to turn people against the righteous. This deceit can take many forms, but I will just give you one example in this post.

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