WE BORN EVIL?
we born evil or do we learn evil?
Is evil inherent or learned behaviour?
people have committed TWO EVILS; they have forsaken Me the
fountain of living water and have hewn themselves out cisterns,
broken cisterns that can hold no water." (Jeremiah
- IS EVIL INHERENT OR LEARNED BEHAVIOUR?
ago, on Canada Day, I was a guest on RADIO CJCA'S Ron Collister
Show. For many years I had joined that popular host and
his listeners in lively debate, on interesting and relevant
Our July 1
program featured the very important subject, 'Is Evil inherent
or it evil a product of environment or learned behaviour?
Is a person born with the propensity to do evil or is evil a
GOOD OR EVIL WINNING IN OUR WORLD TODAY?
asked each caller the same question he asked me: "Which of
these - GOOD or EVIL - is winning in our world today"?
Most of the
callers seemed to think that the scourge of evil was dominating
our society and winning big. The callers felt that evil
was ruling this world.
OF EVIL IS SIGN OF LAST DAYS
mirrored the words of Jesus when he referred to the increase of
evil as a sign of the last days: "Because iniquity shall
abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew
24:12) "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be
in the days of the Son on man...Likewise also as it was in the
days of Lot...even thus shall it be when the Son of man is
revealed." (Luke 17:26-30)
HOW EVIL WERE
CONDITIONS ON EARTH, BEFORE GOD SENT THE FLOOD AND WIPED OUT
SODOM & GOMORRAH WITH FIRE & BRIMSTONE?
on earth were very evil, very corrupt, perverted and violent in
the days of Sodom & Gomorrah - much like the world is today.
Here is the Bible record of the EVIL that existed during those 2
saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that
every imagination of his heart was only EVIL continually."
"And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the
earth, and it grieved Him in his heart. And the Lord said,
I will destroy man...." (Genesis 6:5-7)
reports: "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the
earth was filled with VIOLENCE." (Genesis 6:11)
GOD DESTROY THE EARTH WITH THE FLOOD
DUE TO MUCH EVIL ON THE EARTH?
SODOM & GOMORRAH? WERE THE PEOPLE EVIL?
The people of
Sodom & Gomorrah was so IMMORAL, EVIL & VIOLENT
that when two angels visited Lot - to evacuate him and his
family before the destruction began - they demanded that Lot
bring out the two strangers so they might sodomize them!
they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom,
compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people
from every quarter:
And they called
unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came into
thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know
(have sex) them." (Genesis 19:4-5)
refused, the large crowd of homosexuals tried to break down his
door, TO COMMIT GANG RAPE! They told Lot to get out of the
way, warning him: "Now we will deal worse with thee than
with them." (Genesis 19:4:9)
HOMOSEXUALS IN SODOM WERE
VIOLENT, EVIL & BRUTAL
NOTE:....the homosexuals in Sodom were violent, evil and brutal.
They threatened Lot with violence and punishment if he refused
to turn over these two young strangers to satisfy their
abnormal, EVIL and perverted lust!
forcibly rescued Lot and smote the attackers with blindness, in
order to prevent them from tearing down the door!
WORLD IS NOW AS EVIL AS THE DAYS OF THE
FLOOD AND SODOM & GOMORRAH
Wow! That is
strong, and hits very close to home. When you consider
what is presently happening in many unhealthy, suicide plagued,
AIDS infested and fear charged homosexual communities around the
world. The violence and evil is all over this earth, this
world, and we are in days as EVIL as the time of Sodom &
St. Paul warns
that Evil will escalate as we near the last days, the end of
this age: "This know also, that in the last days PERILOUS
TIMES SHALL COME. For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy,"
natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady,
high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God."
WILL INCREASE GREATLY AS WE GET
CLOSER TO THE LAST DAYS
men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being
deceived." (2 Timothy 3:1-4, 13)
admonished: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the
latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to
seducing spirits, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS;"
lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot
iron." (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
consider the recent evil, brutal and horror filled deaths of
eight foreigners in Uganda's National Park by Rwandan rebels, it
is not hard to believe that they were very unconscionable!
A study of the
horrible raping and killing of dozens of young women by
pornography sadist Ted Bundy, and the serial killings of dozens
of young homosexual men - whom he first sodomized - by pervert
killer John Wayne Gacy proves that consciences can become
The killing of
little children by their mothers like Jones of Alabama, and
recently the three small children killed by their mother, as
well as the killing of parents by children like the Menendez
case when the 2 Menendez brothers brutally murdered their mom
and dad for their wealth is ample evidence of the evil that
reigns in the heart of lost and depraved humanity.
No wonder the
prophet declared: "The heart is deceitful above all things
and desperately wicked: Who can know it?"
IN THE END,
RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL TRIUMPH BECAUSE JESUS SHALL RETURN AS KING
OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
I answered Ron
Collister: "Yes, it appears that evil is gaining ground and
at present, may have the ascendancy but in the end,
RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL TRIUMPH. One day, Jesus Christ will
return and put away EVIL for good."
that there is however, some good news, a great revival of
righteousness is presently occurring in our world.
Since the break
up of the Soviet Union, a revival of Christianity is sweeping
Eastern Europe. Recent estimates put the figure at 6,000
conversions to Jesus Christ every day.
gangsters, evil and crime is rampant in those countries, yet a
mighty statement of righteousness and goodness is being made
through the successful endeavors of God's people!
add, that in our recent crusade (1992) in Truskavets, Ukraine -
a health resort city which boasts many sanitariums and draws
people from across Eastern Europe - Mikhael Gorbachev's sister -
Galina Sergiovana - answered a salvation altar call to confess
Jesus Christ as her Saviour!
Christianity is so strong in South Korea, the Church is growing
faster than the population in that former Buddhist stronghold!
And in 1986, Newsweek carried a story titled, 'LATIN AMERICA:
TRADITIONALLY ROMAN CATHOLIC RED IS TURNING PROTESTANT BLACK'.
feature article reported that the gospel of Christ as preached
by Evangelical Christians were gaining converts at 400 per hour.
That's 9,600 every 24 hours! The 'red' spoke of the scarlet
colors used by Roman Catholic prelates and the 'black' referred
to the Bible carried to church by Protestants!
TORTURED DYING FOR THEIR FAITH!
Jesus Christ are being tortured in a number of Muslim dominated
countries, and forced to convert to paganism under threat of
death and starvation! A classic case is Sudan, where fanatical
Muslims have since 1989 murdered more than a million black
Christians in an unparalleled "religious cleansing".
They are being
given the ultimatum, "Convert to Islam, or die". From
numerous authenticated reports, we understand that this present
genocide is much greater than that of the demonized Muslim
strongman, Idi Amin, who terrorized Uganda in the not too
And who is
presently being granted protection by Saudi Arabia. Several
years ago, 'Newsweek' carried a report by one of their
journalists who had proof that the Muslims of the north were
selling black animist & Christian women as slaves for $15
US. Recently, Rev. Cal Bombay, long time TV broadcaster with 100
Huntley Street together with a TV camera crew traveled to Sudan,
met the Muslims and documented the purchase of 319 black
Christian & animist women and girls, into freedom!
After his initial
success, Bombay undertook a second dangerous and costly journey
to purchase the freedom of hundreds more slaves from their
Muslim captors! The 'Canadian Press' quotes Bombay:
"I want the world to know what a rotten thing is happening
in the south of Sudan, by a rogue government that is
fundamentally violent and trying to force people to become
EVIL TREATMENT OF CHRISTIANS IN
MUSLIM COUNTRIES HAS INCREASED
EVIL treatment of Christians in Muslim dominated lands today,
has to go down in history as comparable to Adolf Hitler's
holocaust of 6 million Jews, Joseph Stalin's murder of 7 million
Ukrainians by starvation in 1933 and Mao tse Tung's genocide of
between 40 to 80 million Chinese!
According to Dr.
David Barrett, an Anglican minister & statistician - who has
been tracking this phenomenon for more than a decade - an
estimated 330,000 Christians are martyred every year, somewhere
in the world - for their faith in Jesus Christ! That
is what I call real EVIL.
said a number of years ago: "I don't know how we're doing
it, but somehow we are winning." And Billy Graham stated,
"I have read the last chapter in the book and it says: 'We
- EXACTLY WHAT IS EVIL?
Dictionary meaning of evil: Daniel Webster defines
'evil' as "morally wrong, immoral, sinful, wicked, causing
injury, mischief, trouble, pain, bad, harmful, repulsive".
Dictionary meaning of inherent: And his definition of
'inherent' is: "forming an essential or intrinsic element
of; existing inseparably within an object or person".
Is the human
race cursed with two strikes against it at birth? Could there be
a genetic defect in those who rise to infamy such as Attila the
Hun, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Saddam Hussein, Jeffry
Dahmer or John Gacy?
Or has this evil
come to us because of the fall of our first parents, Adam and
Eve, as the Bible states?
ENVIRONMENT: home, church, school, friendships,
fraternities? What part does upbringing, training, nurturing,
learning and companionship play in a person's character?
BELIEVE THAT EVIL IS BOTH INHERENT & LEARNED
In more than 40
years of very active Christian Ministry, I have formulated a
definite opinion that - without doubt - EVIL is both inherent
states, "The wicked are estranged from the womb. They go
astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies". (Ps alms
58:3) And, "The scripture hath concluded all under
sin". (Galatians 3:22)
You don't need
to teach infants how to lie. We've all seen them do that even
before they can talk. Holding a cookie behind his back, little
Billy will shake his head saying, "No, I didn't raid the
St. Paul blames
Adam for our fallen condition: "Wherefore, as by one man
sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death
passed upon all men, for that all have sinned". (Romans
REMEDY or ANTIDOTE AGAINST EVIL
Then, he gives
us the antidote or remedy against EVIL. "For as by one
man's (Adam) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of One (Jesus Christ) shall many be made
righteous". (Romans 5:19)
Again, the Bible
says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of
God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus". (Romans 3:23-24)
Here, we find
the dilemma of the human race. We were born with a nature that
is at enmity with God. We are sinners by birth, by nature and
unfortunately, sinners also by choice!
But God, sending
His Son to die for our sins - as our substitute - paid the
ransom price to purchase our salvation. Through His grace, we
receive a new nature and are born again from above!
Here is the good
news, then: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". (Romans
6:23) In the letter to the Romans, St. Paul agonizes over
the fact that:
"For I know
that in me (that is in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing: for to
will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I
find not, for the good that I would I do not: but the evil which
I would not that I do."
man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this
death?" THEN HE GIVES US THE KEY: "For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of
sin and death". (Romans 7:18, 19, 24; 8:2)
IS ALSO A LEARNED BEHAVIOR!
verifies this as well: "Be not deceived: evil
communications corrupt good manners". (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Here are a
couple of true sayings: "Birds of a feather flock
together", and "Show me who your friends are and I'll
show you who you are".
It's a known
fact that most child abusers were themselves abused as children.
And the majority of perverts were themselves corrupted by older
relatives, friends or authority figures!
Sad to say, the
fourth case involving molestation of young boys in the Edmonton
area - within the last number of years - was reported among the
perverts know how to infiltrate places of respectability,
influence and position of authority among the most vulnerable to
their advances, namely teenage boys!
Proof of this
has been documented and reported far too often in the past few
years, about young Canadian hockey players sexually manipulated,
intimidated and perverted by coaches and others working around
HOMOSEXUAL SEX CRIMES IN THE NHL
Our hats go off
to NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy - who fingered well-known
hockey coach, the homosexual predator, who is now serving time
in prison for his EVIL sexual crimes!
It is no wonder
the sodomist community around the world rejoiced in jubilation
when OUR GUTLESS CANADIAN GOVERNMENT, against all decency -
lowered the legal age of homosexual activity to 14, something
which the perverts who have been lusting after young boys have
desired for years!
REAGAN CALLED FORMER SOVIET UNION
an "evil empire"
EVIL OF EVILS! US President Ronald Reagan called the
former Soviet Empire an "evil empire" and he was
right! Now we know the enormity of the crimes of that wicked
system, with Eastern Europe bankrupt economically and the
ecology so terribly polluted that it will take billions of
dollars and decades of hard work to bring things back to normal
The Bible says
that God will destroy those who destroy the earth! (Revelation
11:18) The callous attitude of Soviet Communists toward human
life and the ecology has brought God's judgment upon them.
WARNS US ABOUT PEOPLE
"WHO CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL"
God's Word warns
about those who, "call evil good and good evil".
(Isaiah 5:20) Prophet Amos exhorted, "Seek good and hate
evil". (Isaiah 5:14-15) And Moses warned: "Thou shalt
not follow a multitude to do EVIL". (Exodus 23:2)
PRAYER: DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Jesus knew that
we would be targeted by the "enemies of
righteousness", who seek our destruction. Being in
"all points tempted" like ourselves. He knew that we
would be tempted, tried and buffeted by the flesh, the world and
He gave us 'His
Model Prayer'; so that we would know how to pray and what to
pray about, in order to receive strength from Almighty God!
Our Lord declared: "Even so every good tree bringeth forth
good fruit; but a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit."
by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:17-20)
stated: "For out of the heart proceed EVIL thoughts,
murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,
blasphemies:" (Matthew 15:19)
YEAR OLD BOYS COMMITTING MURDER -
NOW THAT IS EVIL
killing of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool, England a
number of years ago by two ten-year old boys certainly tells us
something about EVIL!
How the two boys
could have conceived in their hearts to trick a little toddler
-- who had walked away from his mother in a shopping mall - into
accompanying them to his death is inconceivable! - Except for
one thing ...
THERE IS A REAL
DEVIL AND HE CAME ONLY TO "STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY",
AND THE DEVIL IS TO BLAME. BUT SO ARE PARENTS WHO REFUSE
TO SERVE GOD THEMSELVES AND HAVE NO REGARD FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S
And now, the
golden text of the Bible: "For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life". (John 3:16)
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because THEIR
DEEDS WERE EVIL". (John 3:19)
He invites us
all: "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden
and I will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)
WE CAN NEVER
BECOME GOOD ENOUGH, IN OUR OWN STRENGTH, TO PLEASE GOD OR BECOME
THE ALL-ATONING DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS FOR US, CAN
WE ATTAIN RIGHTEOUSNESS OR GOODNESS!
The Bible says,
"The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all
sin"! (1 John 1:7)
And St. Paul
states: "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new
creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are
become new". (2 Corinthians 5:17)
BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast. For
we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in
them." (Ephesians 2:8-10)
us a child is born, unto us a Son is given...of the increase of
His government and peace there shall be no end....with justice
from henceforth even for ever." (Isaiah 9:6)
God is eternal
and infinite. He does not think with a finite mind as we
do! His thoughts and actions reflect His omnipotence,
omniscience, omnipresence and eternalness!
God's plans and
purposes for this universe and all of us, were formulated in His
mind before He created the foundations of the world.
He cannot make a
mistake, lie or be wrong in His intentions of deeds, for He is
totally righteous, all knowing and all wise!
GOD DOES IS FOR ETERNITY!
He knows the
future and sees the pitfalls and snares that await our stumbling
feet. And He helps us, protects us from the devil, the
world and ourselves! In these the last days, the last days
before Christ returns in the blessed Rapture, God is protecting
his children from evil.
ARE WE SO IMPORTANT TO GOD?
Firstly, we were
made in His image. Secondly, Jesus personally died for our
sins and finally, through the new birth, we are a part of Him -
"there shall be no end" and "for ever", show
the eternal purposes of God in the birth of Christ. THE
INCARNATION WAS SERIOUS STUFF!
The moment, of
God the Son - wrapping Himself in human flesh - coming down to
save us, was deliberately and perfectly timed and executed!
the fullness of time was come, God sent His Son, made of a
woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the
law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
This wasn't an
after thought or a fill in. The decision to send King
Messiah to this earth, was communicated to Satan - the adversary
- immediately after Adam and Eve's tragic fall.
"And I will
put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and
her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise His
heel." (Genesis 3:15)
promises a "virgin born" savior (her seed), Who would
conquer Satan through His substitutionary death. In the
process, the Savior would suffer a minor wound (bruise His
heel), and Satan would be totally defeated (bruise his head)!
suffered more than any man, was wounded and marred for our total
salvation, it was minor because He laid down His life of His own
free will. (John 10:15-18)
Satan could not
take it from Him! And He arose again on the third day,
destroying Satan and his power over us!
then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also
Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He
might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
devil;" (Hebrews 2:14)
INCARNATION TO THE RESURRECTION, AND THROUGHOUT THE 'GOSPEL
AGE', GOD HAS CONTINUED THE EXECUTION OF HIS ETERNAL WILL,
THROUGH HIS CHURCH, THE CALLED-OUT-ONES!
This is why it
is so important that we live with "eternity in mind".
All our plans and goals should reflect this mind set, in our
relationships to God, the Church - His body - and the world! We
need to prepare, in these last days, for eternity, for Christ's
return and to spend eternity in heaven with God.
Let us study the
Word, pray, witness and give joyfully, to help build His eternal
"Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of
God. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born
again." (John 3:3,7)
The Bible makes
it clear that, "He who hath the Son hath everlasting life:
and he who believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the
wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
That means that
all those who do not personally know Jesus Christ, must receive
Him as Savior and Lord in order to be saved!
THERE A REAL HEAVEN & A REAL HELL
emphasized: "If we receive the witness of men, the
witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which
He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son
of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not
God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record
that God gave His Son. And this is the record, that God
hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of
God, hath not life. These things have I written unto you
that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know
that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe in the name
of the Son of God." (I John 5:9-13)
HERE IS THE
ABSOLUTE TRUTH - All who reject Jesus Christ and refuse to
receive Him as Lord & Savior are calling Almighty God a
LIAR, "because he believeth not the record that God gave of
His Son." (I John 5:9-10)
Do you think for
one moment that anyone will escape the judgment of God when they
reject Jesus Christ - His gift to the world - and call Him a
That is serious
stuff, since He is the judge of the entire world! How do
you think an earthly judge would react if someone in his
courtroom called him "a liar"? He would
immediately be guilty of 'contempt of court' of worse!
St. Paul puts it
all in perspective when he says, "For if the word spoken by
angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we
neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be
spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard
him." (Hebrews 2:2-3)
Apocalypse, St. John warns: "And the DEVIL that
deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the BEAST and the FALSE PROPHET are, and SHALL BE
TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER. And I saw a
great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the
earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for
"And I saw
the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were
opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things which were written
in the books, according to their works."
sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell
delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged
every man according to their works. And death and hell
were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast
into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:10-15)
HERE IS THE GOOD
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
"For God so
loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life." (John 3:16)
THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
THE LOVE OF GOD THE FATHER AND THE FELLOWSHIP AND COMMUNION OF
THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH US ALL,
BOTH NOW AND FOREVERMORE.
TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART TODAY?
THIS PRAYER NOW TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR HEART
ask for Thy great mercy and grace. I acknowledge my
sinfulness and confess that I cannot save myself. I
believe the GOOD NEWS that Jesus paid the penalty for m sins,
through His vicarious death on the cross."
believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead according to the
Scriptures and He has the power and authority to forgive my sins
and save my soul. I repent of my sins and am willing to
forsake them with the help of the Holy Spirit."
now renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways and I
now receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, my Master and my
God. Come into my heart and save me now, for Christs'
sake. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul. In Jesus
precious' name, I pray." Amen.