“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself” (1 Tim. 6:4-5).
Christians must learn when to put an end to strife (Prov. 20:3), for the wicked will not know when to shut up, walk away or hang up the phone. They are like “screamin’ demons,” for they feast daily upon violence and satanic influences, so that wickedness becomes a sport to them (Prov. 10:23).
If such uncontrollable rage is discovered and encountered, it is crucial to get away from them when the opportunity presents itself, or else one will continue to be unjustly provoked by such blasphemous bullies who love to scream at the top of their lungs to try to get Christians to stumble (Prov. 28:10)
Christians must become very discerning, by learning how to test the spirits and how to put the wicked on trial before others, so that others too may fear.
“Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear” (1 Tim. 5:20).
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 Jn. 4:1).
As a last resort, a Christian may have to take Apostle Paul’s lead and turn such deceived souls over to Satan, so that they may learn not to blaspheme (1 Tim. 1:20). Christians must refuse to be manipulated, dominated and intimidated by such aggressively corrupt souls “that call evil good, and good evil” (Isa. 5:20).
Such master manipulators will try to magnify and exploit a Christian’s weaknesses and faults out of proportion, in an attempt to quiet their own gnawing, tormented conscience, and in an attempt to discredit a Christian’s testimony in Christ. Such cowardly perpetrators are those that take captive and capitalize upon gullible, undiscerning people, who are easy prey, for they are loaded down with guilt that gets exploited by such greedy guilt manipulators who covet everything they have, brainwash them and subvert their whole house.
Such naïve people are always learning, but unable to come to a saving knowledge of the truth, so that they are unable to stand against the evil that overtakes their homes, their minds and eventually their eternal soul.
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was” (2 Tim. 3:5-9).
When standing for the truth, those who love lies will fiercely come against you. But if you ask them to prove their stance, they will NEVER be able to do it biblically or consistently.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21).
As a result of their inability to counteract biblical evidence, they will become so frustrated and furious that they will try to shout you down as loud as their voice can go, for they foolishly believe that the deafening pitch of their voice can make up for their severe lack of biblical understanding. Such blasphemous bullies must be disciplined harshly and rebuked sharply (Prov. 15:10), for they subvert whole households (Titus 1:10-13), and will attempt to hinder a Christians ability to even hear themselves think.
In such cases, Christians may have to follow God’s lead to…
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression” (Isa. 51:8).
Evangelists often have to try to get their voice above scoffers that blast blasphemies against them and the truth, for such shady souls are attempting to keep others from hearing the truth. We must also recognize when a scoffer is trying to draw us into an argument and pull us down a rabbit hole. Once we catch on to their wicked schemes, we must draw the line and let God deal with them…and He will!!
“Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you” (Prov. 9:8). Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave, Yes, strife and reproach will cease” (Prov. 22:10).
There’s a time and there’s a place for everything (Eccl. 3). According to Scripture, different situations call for different approaches. Some can be dealt with compassionately, while others are so deep in sin and darkness that they must be “pulled out of the fire,” so to speak, by employing more severe methods.
“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22-23).
It is crucial for Christians to go out and witness “two by two” (at least), for that’s what Jesus commissions His disciples to do (Mk. 6:7). Because one witness can always supply what the other one lacks, which is especially valuable when dealing with unreasonable and wicked wolves. For the world is becoming more and more hostile against the gospel, and worldlings will always attempt to entangle and provoke Christians, for they are insanely jealous of a Christian’s spiritual peace.
In such cases, the second witness is often able to de-escalate the situation, so that the others can escape to safety and quietness, where their frazzled nerves can calm down, after exposure to such dark, demonic forces. This very scenario happened to me just recently, which makes me even more thankful than ever for God’s answer to my prayers for protection, and for God’s “two by two” pattern of protection. And, thank God, in this recent situation….a threefold cord was even harder for the enemy to break!!
“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccl. 4:12).
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Mt. 10:34-35).
“For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three” (Lk. 12:52).
There comes a time when Christian’s must “shake the dust off their feet” against those who will not hear their words (Mt. 10:14). Jesus even warned His followers not to throw precious pearls to pigs who will only resent it, as if a stone had been thrown at them (Mt. 7:6). By their fruits one can discern what sort they are of.
“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.” (Prov. 23:9).
Such demonically driven souls are on extremely dangerous ground, and so they become exceedingly dangerous to others. But they are so desensitized to evil that they think their ridiculously rebellious reactions are normal. So much so, that they will tower over their victim and spew forth their flying fits of rage in the presence of small children and babies, and will defend others who do so.
When this happened to my daughter-in-law recently (because she had defended and promoted my book), she had to try to push them out of her face, while I called for help and made sure that her and my little traumatized grand-daughters were delivered to safety before taking others in with me to confront such ravenous wolves that hate the gospel and those who stand for it.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Mt. 7:20-21). “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right” (Prov. 20:11).
From such painful experiences I’ve learned that when a Christian rebukes and confronts the disgusting filthiness of such cruel, unregenerate souls in a normal and godly way (shock and righteous indignation), they will mock and falsely accuse the Christians of over-reacting. When, in fact, someone in the flesh, rather than the spirit, would have physically went off on them, for their mouth was calling for blows (Prov. 18:6).
Yet, such deluded souls will attempt to dishonestly slander and make more of Christian’s shortcomings than justice will allow. They will even mock a Christian’s admitted weaknesses, which would be overlooked in others, while minimizing their own extreme madness.
“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord (Prov. 12:22). “A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame” (Prov. 13:5). “An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue” (Prov. 17:4).
Obstinate rebels become such compulsive liars that they begin to believe their own lies, for God chooses their delusions.
“I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not” (Isa. 66:4).
Such unhinged and beguiled souls are often beyond the reach of the gospel, for they have rejected it for so long that they have been hardened for judgment, which means that we must try to keep our distance from them while God’s wrath abides upon them, or else we could become partakers of the plagues that will inevitably come upon them in due season, if God does not grant them repentance and saving faith in the true gospel. In such instances, we, as Christians, must give place to God’s vengeance, by refusing to avenge ourselves.
“The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead” (Prov. 11:8, 12:13-22; 23:9).
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:10-13).
Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.