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This Is What Evil Looks Like

May 28, 2018

If you want to know what pure and unadulterated evil looks like, one can simply look at the pictures of the crowds going ecstatic on Irish streets the other day. Of course one need not single out Ireland and their recent vote to officially sanction baby-killing. Plenty of other countries have done the same over the years.

But seeing the crowds on the streets cheering and celebrating and going in a frenzy when the result of the vote was announced is enough to make anyone cry – at least anyone who still has a soul. And I could not help but think of a similar situation where the masses went wild, also with blood on their hands.

The crowds cheered when Jesus was publicly condemned to death. In Ireland the crowds cheered when babies were publicly condemned to death. We have the very same demons behind it all. Celebrating death is always evil. Whether it is cheering on the death of the perfect and blameless Son of God, or the death of innocent and defenceless unborn babies, the same demonic spirits are involved.

Some 2000 years ago the crowds had shouted out, “Give us Barabbas”. Pilate had offered to let the innocent Jesus go, but the crowds insisted that the criminal Barabbas be released instead, and Jesus be put to death. We read about this in John 18:38-40:

“After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, ‘I find no guilt in him. But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?’ They cried out again, ‘Not this man, but Barabbas!’ Now Barabbas was a robber.”

It is no different to what we find in Ireland and elsewhere. The crowds said, “Give us sex – sex without responsibility, sex without consequences, sex without morality.” So they went with sex, and said it will be the babies who must be put to death.

As one meme making the rounds of late puts it: “Abortion is the world’s resounding answer to the question: ‘If you had to murder in order to have an unfettered sex life, would you?’” Once again, a guilty sinner is favoured while the innocent are made to suffer and die. It is the same immoral and ungodly spirit of death. It is the same demonic hatred of life on display in Ireland, just as it was back in Jerusalem.

And God and life always go together, just as Satan and death always go together. Recall what we find in Proverbs 8:36: “All who hate me [God] love death”. There you have it folks. And Jesus said much the same in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

With God there is life, with Satan there is death. You choose. Who are you siding with here? We expect non-Christians to run with death and destruction, but it should not be so with those who claim to be God’s people. Yet here we had a supposedly Catholic-majority country siding with death and the devil.

How do we account for this? It is simple really: these folks are NOT Christians. They cannot be. No real follower of Christ can spit in God’s face and declare black to be white, and sin to be virtue. Long ago the prophet Isaiah put it this way (Is 5:20):

Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!

As I said in a recent piece, there are plenty of Protestants who also are deceiving themselves. When rock stars like Bono tell us they are Christians and they support baby-killing, you have a clear case of fake Christians running with fake news. See my article here: billmuehlenberg.com/2018/05/26/stop-pretending-you-are-a-christian/

It may seem a bit harsh to modern ears – and to namby-pamby Christian ears – to speak of the culture of death and the demonic. But the two go together hand in hand, and they both accurately describe the proabortion worldview and sentiment.

One simply has to look at what the pro-death camps says in public. Consider just a few diabolical banners proudly held up by pro-death demonstrators at prolife rallies. Back in San Francisco in 2011 at the Walk for Life West Coast some pro-aborts held up a large banner with these words: “If Mary had had an abortion we wouldn’t be in this mess.” Once again, we see the hatred of God fully coupled with the hatred of life.

And at a prolife march I was at back in 2014, there was one angry protestor holding up a large sign with these words: “The only good baby is a dead baby.” I wrote about that encounter here: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/10/11/when-love-and-hate-collide/

And when pure evil is embraced and championed, the mind becomes darkened. As we read in Romans 1:21-22: “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”

Consider a few examples of this. At another prolife rally I attended, one pro-death protestor held up a sign with the words, “Legal abortion saves lives”. Wow. Talk about Orwellian doublespeak. Talk about believing a lie. So legal baby killing saves lives? Try telling that to all the dead babies.

Another sign proudly held up said this: “I had an abortion because I chose life.” Yes, she actually said that. This is now a case of where white has become black, and the mind has turned to mush. To say such things with a straight face demonstrates both mental and moral degeneration and death.

And we even saw on the news reports pro-death marchers in Ireland carrying their toddlers with them! One Irish repeal advocate had this sign held high: “For our daughters: YES. Repeal the 8th.” Um, which daughters? The ones who are killed, or the ones who escape the death sentence?

Today we are without question in an all-out war. It is a conflict of cosmic proportions between good and evil, between God and the devil, between life and death, between right and wrong. There can be no sitting on the fence here. You are either in one camp or the other.

It is your choice. As God told Moses in Deuteronomy 30:19, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

Or as Joshua told the Israelites, “Choose this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). We all must decide: will we choose God and life, or Satan and death? There is no middle ground here. ‘You are either for me or against me’ as Jesus said.

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22 Responses to This Is What Evil Looks Like

  • Hi Bill,
    Thanks for another powerful article.
    Where, and from whom, can I get information about the next pro-life march in Melbourne?

  • One of your best yet Bill…I have a mental picture of those 90% under 25’s Dubliners who voted Yes going into those famous Irish pubs, getting, drunk and going out to fornicate in celebration of the abortion they would now be able to have afterwards. Australia may be no better but at least “we the people” didn’t vote to kill our fellow Australians, Our clueless parliamentarians, who don’t know what Government is all about,, like its first responsibility being to protect human life..imposed it on us. Ireland will rue the day…even as early as right now, when other countries are already recoiling in repugnance at what they have done to their own…I also have a mental picture of those long before us who danced around a golden calf..like the Irish dance around their newly acquired wealth. Thank God for my impoverished forebears and the welcome they gave their children into this world..some of whom gave their lives so Ireland as well as the rest of us could be free from totalitarianism.

  • Well said Bill. You might have added that these are the signs – when mankind begins to kill its innocent – for a major shake up such as the greatest plague in history to hit us.

  • This is a powerful presentation of the cosmic battle we are in. Thanks Bill.

  • Thank you for being a ‘standard bearer’.

  • A great prophetic article Bill. You correctly quoted those scriptures where people have to make a clear choice between life and death. There is no middle ground.
    Do you know if there are any qualifications with Ireland’s abortion decision? ie some period of gestation beyond which abortions are prohibited? If so, there’s still no justification for abortions but the laws wouldn’t be as bad as Victoria’s. There an abortion can happen at any time for any reason.
    Yes, it’s a spiritual battle Annette.

  • Thanks Graham. In theory it might appear to be somewhat limited: women will be able to have an abortion up to twelve weeks without justification, or ‘in cases where there is a risk to the life of the woman, a medical emergency or a fatal foetal abnormality’. But it will not end there of course, and new legislation will be forthcoming to have no restrictions whatsoever.

  • I believe it was a small but very loud crowd who were awake that night calling for Jesus to be crucified.

  • Straight to the point, Bill. The demonic world would be surely rubbing their hands together, after all, one more nation has consented to the depravity of killing their children in the womb.

    Can we imagine for a moment, if, in the Old Testament, Joshua’s men returned, from having searched out the promised land, and reported back to him, saying: “Joshua, over a few hills and a river not so far from here, there is a nation, which is so insanely barbaric, so murderous — that 1 in 3 of their women have their babies torn to pieces and ripped from their wombs, and then discarded into garbage bins and incinerated”.

    What would Joshua have done? I can imagine, at the very least, the hair on the back of his neck rising up and a feeling of dread coming over him. Perhaps even falling to his knees. Even trembling, putting his hands over his head, and, after receiving the divine command, crying out in anguish, “Quickly!!! … Go!!! … Slaughter that nation!!!”

    Friends, we are that nation. There is no difference between us and Ireland, or any other nation that permits the shedding of innocent blood. The murderous depravity here in Australia is the same. Yes, in Ireland, they may be dancing in the streets … for now. But soon, like us, within a few years they will be angrily scheming to kill more babies – for any reason.

    In Victoria, Tasmania, ACT and the Northern Territory, we have allowed the killing of babies up to birth, with Queensland in the process, and NSW not far behind. This is not simply the politicians fault.

    Baby killing is a fruit of abandoning God. As pastors John MacArthur and the late RC Sproul have often said, “The sin is His wrath; His judgement”. No doubt His wrath is on individuals and, as we see, nations alike. Yet they cannot even see this, because their sins blind them to this truth.

    There is only one way back from this culture of death. As Bill has suggested, it is for us to repent and believe that Jesus is Lord. Here, by His grace, we will learn to darn well do something instead of merely talking about it. And part of this will be yelling as loud as we can from the roof tops, that “Killing babies in the womb is an abomination to the living God. A Holy God, who will hold everyone accountable for what they have and haven’t done to stop this evil.”

    Proverbs 24:11-12

    Trevor Grace
    http://www.alllivesequal.org
    http://www.pregnancyhelpsa.com.au

  • I felt so sick, physically, and in my soul, when I heard the result. Yet Ireland had already begun to show its depravity by even having a vote on whether to overturn this constitutional protection for defenceless unborn children.

    By supporting this madness, Ireland’s first “openly gay prime minister” Leo Varadkar, testifies that no-one is born gay. Were there any possibility an unborn child could be gay, Varadkar would be demanding “life equality” and “baby law reform”, instead of campaigning to allow an “unwanted” baby to have its arms and legs ripped off while it’s still alive.

    Christians should understand that abortion is Satan’s rage that he could not kill baby Jesus.

  • The sight of women screaming and laughing with joy at the results was sad beyond words. It is always the case that one sin leads to another and another….. while Satan smiles. I cannot help thinking of all the grieving parents who have suffered miscarriages or cannot have children – how they must feel – and all the while the Muslim women continue to have large families to populate all the countries of the world. A sign carried my an attractive well dressed young woman in Albury recently [pro buffer zone around abortion clinics] was the most sickening I have ever read and showed the mentality of the ‘me’ generation of this time. God have Mercy on us. Mary Help of Christians pray for us.

  • Tragic, heartbreaking. We peoples of God’s Earth are cooperating with the kingdom of Satan to bring about our own destruction.

  • Isa 66:2 For all those My hand has made, and all those exist, says Jehovah. But to this one I will look, to the afflicted and contrite spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word.
    Isa 66:3 He who kills an ox is is as if he killed a man; he who sacrifices a lamb is as if he broke a dog’s neck; he who offers an offering is as if he offered swine’s blood; he who burns incense is as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations.
    (MKJV)

  • I believe they are convinced that they have thrown off the shackles of the Catholic church and its demonstrated history of condoning the abuse of women, insistence on staying with abusive husbands, treatment of unwed mothers etc. They would say this is just about women’s rights. They think they just joined the modern world. The delusion is deep. Time to get pro life groups ready to do ministry at abortion clinics, time to pray. All of the West is indeed fallen now. The grief runs deep.

    And how many UK clinics will this put out of business? Because abortions happened with Irish women and babies it just wasn’t done in Ireland. So your no consequence sex has been happening for decades.

  • Thanks for you powerful article, Bill.

    Evil has become the “new morality”.

    Lord help us!

  • This is what evil looks like on the streets of Melbourne:

    An Abortion Doctor (name withheld) just outside his ABORTUARY whilst speaking to others openly calling the unborn that he kills ‘babies’.

  • Sadly many people are hoodwinked into thinking they ARE doing good in supporting abortion by listening to stories of ‘poor’ girls who have been raped having to face the “gauntlet” of people calling them “baby killers!” Lies, exaggerations and misconceptions abound. Many people are short-sighted and do not see that a lot of the rapes come from the ‘free’ sex and heavy drinking that has been promoted in this generation, as you rightly pointed out. Our whole society is topsy turvy, sin abounds and the church generally is very quiet about it all! Certainly we need to do a lot more in preventative teaching and counselling so babies are not conceived out of wedlock and our young people have standards and role models in chastity to follow. The church must re-establish authority in godly living standards while also portraying a wonderful Saviour Jesus who loves us and can forgive even the most hardened sinner if they repent. Going soft on sin has left many open to the result which is one sin leads to another and another. God’s rules are for our protection and we must uphold them. To neglect to teach them leads to our downfall and that of society.

  • They’re not the only ones ‘cheering and celebrating and going in a frenzy when the result of the vote was announced’

    -Hearing the cries of all the unborn babies killed in the future and Satan laughed.

    Alan Ames, Bartholomews’ Vision (Australian Catholic Bishop Hickey Approved) Jan 4 1997 http://www.alanames.org/en/excerpt-through-the-eyes-of-jesus-bartholomews-vision.htm

  • I have just discovered your site, via a friend. During the last few weeks I have re-reading Schaeffer’s “Escape from Reason” and “Death in the the City”. They were utterly prophetic (in the true sense). We are living Romans ch 1……and three times in that passage Paul states that God gave them over.

  • Thanks Keith. Yes Schaeffer is still fully relevant today.

  • As an American who lives in a country that promotes the slaughtering of innocents, seeing Ireland fall in support of this current Holocaust is deeply heartbreaking. In the “land of the free”, we continue to allow over 1 million innocent babies to be killed every year, and we continue take away their right to live.

    You are correct to describe this change in societal thinking as a mental disease. It isn’t really about “choice”, but is simply away to live a provocative lifestyle free of responsibility. Those who pay for these sins are always the innocent. The moral decay that I have witnessed in the U.S. is an absolute travesty and, frankly, an embarrassment. We claim to be leaders of the free world, yet promote the destruction of our very moral fabric. Alarmingly, this way of thinking seems to be spread across a vast majority of young minds here in the U.S. as well. I fear for the future of both countries.

    We pro-life supporters here in the U.S. weep along side you, but we will continue to fight the injustice that is abortion. Ireland was a beacon of hope for us pro-life supporters in the U.S. who fight daily to save the lives of the unborn, and this greatly saddens us all. May God help us.

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