These Words of the Lord to Isaiah are Profound – Here is Wisdom

Isaiah 29:13-15 ESV  And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,  (14)  therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”  (15)  Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”

These verses really struck me this morning when I read them. Especially that phrase “you…whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, ‘Who sees us? Who knows us?'” I won’t say much more in this post. Let me hear your thoughts and experiences on this thing.

This is the evil among us. It is deep. It is dark. It is hidden behind a covering of a mouth that spews words “honoring” the Lord. And it is intentional deceit. In this darkness, in this hidden depth, these cunning servants of the devil confidently boast “Who sees us? Who knows us?”

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A Primary Handbook for Understanding Churches that Abuse

Galatians 4:17 ESV  They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.

I am convinced that the most pertinent book in the Bible when it comes to dealing with churches and church leaders that abuse the abused is Paul’s letter to the Galatians. This letter ought to be a primary study textbook for us. Here we learn what God thinks of these people, identifies who they are and the tactics they use.

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