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Evil

by David Jeremiah

(Gleaned from Today’s Turning Point with David Jeremiah)
An evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. Matthew 12:35

The concept of evil has returned to the world’s vocabulary. Because of atrocities by jihadists in the Middle East, we’ve seen beheadings, crucifixions, genocide, and murder by immolation. Many secularists try to avoid the term “evil,” for they don’t want to admit the existence of God-ordained absolute moral values. Yet the Bible uses the word “evil” nearly 500 times, and the presence of evil in today’s world is hard to deny.

According to Jesus, evil actions proceed from evil hearts of evil people. Notice the triple evil in Matthew 12:35: evil people, evil treasures, evil things. At its core, evil is anti-Christian and anti-Christ. One day the ultimate Antichrist will appear as evil personified. Until then there will be forerunners of the Antichrist in the world (1 John 2:18), but God knows how to protect His children from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Jesus dealt a mortal blow to evil by rising from the dead, and He will banish evil forever when He returns. Evil is not an eternal part of our lives. We can be assured the Antichrist—and all antichrists—will be terminated in the end.
If you are under the power of evil, and you want to get under the power of God, cry to Him to bring you over to His service; cry to Him to take you into His army.
Evangelist D. L. Moody

 

From: D. L. Moody, New Sermons (Cincinnati: Henry S. Goodspeed & Co, 1877).

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33