1 Timothy 4 King James Version (KJV)
We can't be asleep and naïve anymore especially in these days. Having to mature in the faith, we need to know the depths of what we are dealing with. One thing about my life, and probably many others, is the encountering of total evil. At one time, I even worked with youth that worldly psychologists had labeled as psychopaths/sociopaths aka "people without consciences." In another area of life, one very intimate, I have dealt with a few people where normal rules of human compassion, and emotions did not apply. Coldness and ice hard approaches ruled with these types. Perhaps you, yourself have faced this too.
Long ago I wrote this article, "Dealing with the Deceivers" this article is very related.
When I talk about having to depart from some wicked people in my personal life, it was intense. I had to do so even with some sacrifice involved. This is where obedience to God definitely was a test. One thing about bad experiences one should use them to educate and warn others and make some good come out of it all. There really are people in this world who have no emotions and who do not even care in the same way that "normal" people do. In this case their hatred for the gospel and their endless lies, never stopped. These people even sought to censor me and decried my love of God. I felt physically ill around them. I have no illusions about how this world is really run. The evil cause endless pain and have caused lots of people many tears.
For this article I am addressing seared reprobates and those wholly given over to Satan and doing his dirty work. We should pray for all enemies and even for those who have forsaken God. The Holy Spirit will direct us in our prayer life, as to where things will apply and in telling whose given over. According to God's Word we are all wicked, there is none that is good. I of course like every other human being have my own sin to face as well.
Isaiah 53:6 (KJV)
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
I want to make this distinction to clarify things for this article.
The first and foremost thing about the wicked, is that they are LIARS. They lie til the cows come home. Lies trip out of their mouth without end. The wicked do not love truth, they hate it, and they embrace illusions and seek to sell them. This is why you see our world today built on illusions. Since they follow the father of lies, they seek to emulate him.
John 8:44King James Version (KJV)
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
The wicked are masterful liars. If you are a Christian that is even paying attention just a little bit, you will have realize the world has become a matrix of total and complete lies. We can debate all the ins and outs of what exactly they have lied to us about, their array of hoaxes and it is plenty, but know in general we are being lied to and what not to believe. In my opinion with all the controlled opposition, distractions and more, the lies have become perfected and multi-layered. Sometimes we may just discern a lie even if we don't realize the total ins and outs.
Yes even some of the "conspiracies" are conspiracies. However lest you think lies are just from the big-whigs, there's plenty pouring forth from regular people and others that may even impact your day to day life. One part of being a Christian that is very important is a LOVE OF THE TRUTH.
2 Thess. 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
The seared hate the truth and many of their lives are committed to covering up the truth and destroying those who seek after it. Their first goal will be to silence you or discredit you so no one else will listen. The truth tellers in society are not the most loved, these types black-ball them into obscurity. And this goes way beyond even watchmen stuff but standing up against the wicked in everyday life, where if you tell the truth, many will not listen. You will be blacked-balled and maligned. We know how the whistleblowers of the world are treated who at great personal cost warn about corporations polluting the ground water or government corruptions.
In dealing with wicked people, one thing I noticed was all carried a false mask. The mask of illusion, where they wore one public face for others, and a private face they showed only to those they felt they could abuse and suffer no penalty such as children or more vulnerable and/or weaker minded-minded individuals. They will switch with ease from one to the other as well. Some may even go from polite kindness to what the bible calls "railing", threatening people with violence. This has happened to me before in real life and online. I was on an Emergent message board years ago, where a man claiming he was a pastor, told me he was going to find out who I was and beat me up. This man probably presents himself as kind-hearted and giving but showed who he truly was that time.
1 Corinthians 5:11 (KJV)
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Wicked people will show one mask to the world, and will show their true self to those they seek to destroy. Realize many of these false pastors I have warned about on this blog, have become masters of this with fake smiles as lies pour out of their mouth. The truly evil do not look evil but seek to make themselves look kind, nice and caring. They are human versions of false angels of light.
In some ways they create more destruction then those who warn others of their wicked lifestyles via appearances. Watch out for the clean-cut guy in the clean polo shirt and khakis being led by Satan maybe even a bit more then the tattooed Hells Angel on a motorcycle, at least with the latter you know what you are getting. I met a practicing Satanist who was dressed like a nerd in the big city. I dumped the friendship with his wife when I found out. I wasn't even a Christian yet. The most wicked can present themselves in very benign fashions.
The mask serves their needs This is a reason cults love-bomb people to get them in the door before leading them to destruction. This is the reason many of the very wicked have made an art of seemingly caring words and actions while setting you up for destruction. Two facedness is the name of their game.
The Bible warns of the MASKS people wear but refers to them as hypocrites. There are many warnings about hypocrites in the Bible. People who pretend to be one thing and are not. People who say they do one thing and do another. While some people can make mistakes and get something wrong or sin , these types know they are lying They will smile at you while sharpening the knife to stab into your back. They are busy making sure their whitewashed tombs are shining and gleaming while inside is utter darkness.
Matt 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto white sepulchres which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
One danger in churches and religions is many of the most wicked migrate into the religious world for cover, and it isn't just the pastors but many members. They want people to believe they are good people so they are not questioning too much. They want the appearance of good, holy, caring people. Piety can be a stage show for many seared reprobates. They can project blame onto others, showing themselves as "holy". Churches without Holy Spirit led discerning members can be playgrounds for malignant narcissists and sociopaths.
Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
If you ever meet anyone who is very shallow and cares about appearances above all else, most likely there too you are dealing with a degree of evil. While many are lost people in need of a Savior to reset their priorities, for the wicked, appearances are everything. The mask they wear to deceive is demanded of everyone else.
This is one reason in society, we are being told to deaden down God given emotions. I have seen articles written where people write things like "no one cares about you" and you have to suck it up and stop your bawling and go be a "winner". That's modern day motivational speaking for you. The corporations and money masters do not want sullen serfs but smiling ones, just like all the cults do. They do not want anyone presenting real emotions or humanity. This is something destructive going through American society like crazy. I am old enough to remember the change. The "be positive" nonsense is part of this teaching to turn people into controlled robots. Most of the wicked hate emotions too, for the seared types, their emotions are even limited between anger and scheming. For the coldest you will never see any tears, sadness or other human emotions like love.
The seared must seek to control their surroundings and not have the veil ripped off. If you ever have dealt with a sociopath, you will know sometimes they slip up and drop all their pretenses, and show what they really are. It is like a veil being ripped away as the seemingly nice on the surface person you thought you were dealing with disappears. One wicked person I have dealt with, told me she wished her own sister would die instead of seeking medical treatment. One sociopath [diagnosed by psychiatrists in this case] I worked with lied and got a student teacher fired based on false accusations and ruined his new career.
Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
The most wicked play their hand with a huge smile on their face. Most of the time, they will appear meek, mild and even kind to others. This is how Ted Bundy could lure in his female victims appearing as a mild-mannered meek man with a cast on appearing "helpless". Ted Bundy is the extreme though, there are many who never commit one crime [or who get caught at one] who create a swathe of destruction in our world.
Reprobates are masters of manipulation. We can see the heightened manipulation, mind control and swaying of millions of people from the top on down, but it is not just the money masters and false top preachers pulling this stuff off, it is happening on far smaller levels in life too. People have their reputations ruined by Satan's liars, their fortunes stolen, and their lives decimated. Reputations are ruined by the score. People who may not conform or who may be a little different can become targets for destruction. Those who refuse to do their bidding are put on the wicked's list to destroy. The psychology world admits that 1-4% of people are sociopaths. That's quite a high number.
One thing about reprobates and Satan's liars, is one thing I have noticed about human nature, is this propensity for evil. Have you ever sat down and wondered why the most wicked become leaders of countries? How and why did Stalin and Hitler and Pol Pot, become so popular? This is one thing I have wondered about.
On the micro-cosm level, I have seen the extremely wicked, create destruction through work organizations and even families, isn't this the sad thing? It seems the meanest sharks get to the top of the heap. Have you ever asked yourself why do the majority love the sharks? While a few sharks are hated many receive the love and accolades of their underlings. Our media and culture influence people to follow the "strongest" and most "dominant" but sadly they tend to be the most wicked. One can see this in American culture where the word "professional" has morphed in some areas into the glorying of cold as ice lack of emotions and "out for themselves" ethos. One can see this in the celebrity and music culture too where the most wicked are held up as idols. Sayings like "Greed is good" really did take over.
Some follow the wicked person, out of fear, and not wanting to be the next target. Human beings sadly are sheep [that word is used in the bible in a positive fashion in that we are to follow the Shepherd Jesus Christ but there is a warning there too.] Human beings are gullible and natural followers. Many now follow strength and power rather then goodness. One thing for the seared to do their dirty work is their success in getting people on board to follow them. They seem to find many willing followers to help them out. These people become proxies and enablers to evil. Now some of these people may not be seared but simply those who are unsaved and spiritually blinded, disobedient to God or simply ignorant believing the wicked person's lies.
Did you notice how everyone lined up to do voluntary water-boarding of themselves for charity and put it on video? A social experience on social media that spread far and wide. I knew people pouring the buckets over their heads,and had to bite my tongue. I just posted about its possible deeper meanings, but think of how obedient so many were to an obnoxious request. Remember when children used to be asked by their parents, would you jump off a cliff if your friends did it? Well peer pressure got plenty to line up for that too.
The wicked know how to direct others like puppets. Sociopaths think different from your average human being, they are plotting and planning every minute while the regular person sits there just attending to business or with dysfunction worrying about pleasing others. We should be thinking about pleasing God. I have seen the power the wicked have over others, and it is like the control of their own thoughts and actions are given over to this person. The wicked like a virus can infect a room full of weak people who do their bidding.
It is the rare person that stands alone and says "No more!". This seems to me to be an insidious part of human nature. False religionists will teach obey authority blindly, but the Bible does not teach that. We are to obey God over man if man desires to go against God's commandments. Blind obedience to man leads millions to perdition. Satan is the prince of this earth and his workers can command the obedience of many. Just as they are loyal to him, some knowingly and some unknowingly, their followers and minions are loyal to them first. These enablers, excuse makers and others help evil. How do you think things like the sex scandals in the Catholic church happened? There are many who know evil is going on and keep their mouth shut out of loyalty or silent obedience.
The wicked can influence for perdition and sin. Ever notice when you are around the wicked how it influences your own behavior? Temptation for sin is stronger. Temptation to fight back in carnal ways is stronger as well. Sometimes if these people are given a place to hurt and emotionally maim they can give one a desire for revenge can take over one's heart and soul to the point one needs endless prayer to hold it back. This is why scripture tells us to depart from the wicked. One warning this may take sacrifice, to obey God and to get far away from the wicked. The most wicked know they have this influence on people and many of the worse love to attempt to go after a Christian. These types use vulnerabilities.
We are in days now where we must be aware of the wicked but also realize God's promises in our protection from them. While remaining of how they operate we are to avoid them.