Difficult days will come. That’s the gospel truth in 2 Timothy 3:1 and in just a few more verses we read in 2 Timothy 3:6 “…among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women…” Paul was talking about false teacher, wicked men. The whole passage from 2 Timothy 3:1-9 is a startling and graphic picture of today.
So I wasn’t surprised to read about two men this morning who used religion – notably false teaching regarding curses – to weasel their way into women’s households and sexually assault them. As unbelievable as it may sound:
“Two men were arrested Friday and charged with 230 sex offenses police said they committed during prayer sessions with a woman who believed one of the men could cure her of a religious curse.
…The 61-year-old man claimed to be a spiritual mentor who could speak to angels, remove curses and banish evil spirits, police said. After telling the 30-year-old woman she had been cursed, he charged her money to remove the evil and then repeatedly assaulted her over a period of four years…
…Police said she attended numerous prayer sessions with the men at various hotels in Sydney between 2001 and 2005, during which she was blindfolded and sexually assaulted. … she paid the men up to 70,000 Australian dollars (US$56,200) for the sessions.
… [The Acting Police Superintendent] said… “Sexual offenses are heinous but an offender who hides behind the cloak of religious respectability is particularly vile.”
My heart breaks for this woman in particular as well as for the apparent other women who fell prey to this man’s wickedness. Fortunately it appears that these men have been stopped in this particular charade. The rest of the news though is that evil people seem to be getting more and more evil, not only deceiving others but they are in fact deceived themselves into believing and spreading the lies of the enemy.