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Darkness Will Come To Light

Deceived/Deception Evil Cultural Trends

Source: https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/dachau

Contributed By: Jeff Lines | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: John 3:19 ; Hebrews 4:13

Author: Jeff Lines
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ILLUSTRATION

Why didn’t the Germans smell the stench of the chimneys?

There were two types of prison camps in the Nazi regime used for the enemies of the Reich. The first was the work camp. There was no gassing of prisoners at those locations; victims were just worked to death. Dachau was the first. It was the model for all of the others very close to Munich. The Germans knew about the work camps because they were in plain view all over Germany. Propaganda had desensitized the populous. Germans were encouraged to openly hate the Jews and blame them for the countries ills. The Jews were considered filth and got what they deserved. It is important to note that mass extermination did not occur in Germany. It is interesting that Dachau did, however, have a gas chamber but never used it. One might wonder why that was so. I think I have an answer.

The answer is in the locations of the second type of camps. These were the death camps. In these camps were the gas chambers and the crematoria. Auschwitz-Birkenau was constructed in the south of Poland, and Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec were built in the far east of Poland. All of these were remote. One might ask why the Nazis built those camps so far away from the German population. The Nazis were evil, but they were not stupid.

The local Polish population was well aware of what was going on in their midst. Train cars of people were rumbling into these locations, unloading (like cattle) far more bodies than the camps could possibly hold. The air was filled with a very disagreeable odor of burning human flesh. Many locals worked at the camps. Why didn't they object? The simple fact is that Germany occupied the country, and the Reich would have killed objectors if they spoke up. The population had been overrun and was simply in fear. Hitler had no fear of the Polish people. He did not have to deceive them. He did not need their support. On the other hand, Germans needed assurance that all was well in the Fatherland and that their Fuhrer was noble.

The average German was misled by the great propaganda tools of the Reich. Those who opposed the Reich were marginalized and eliminated. First, those critical of Nazism were called names and were declared enemies of the people of Germany. Later, they just disappeared. The issue was not the propaganda itself. In a free society, there will always be propaganda. The problem was the media monopoly. In public, all was "Wunderbar," the great German Reich was the model of the world in culture, engineering, science, breeding, and finance, but behind the scenes, hidden from the eyes of the people, treachery and tyranny were afoot.

What was the purpose of the locations of the camps? The obvious fact is that the Nazis located the death camps far away from the people's eyes because even Nazis feared how much it would disgust the average German. Men love darkness because their deeds are evil.

America would never be guilty of any such horrors... right?

Well, may I remind you of the "Tuskegee Syphilis Study"? Our federal government and the CDC performed this study. In an area of Alabama, there was a large outbreak of Syphilis. About 600 Poor, uneducated black men were lied to and told that they would receive free medical treatment. They were not to receive any treatment at all. The purpose of the study was to observe the effects of the disease on untreated men. The study was to last only about six to eight months, but when it lost much of its funding, the overseers changed the plans. They could have curred many of these trusting men. Instead of stopping the already villainous practice and treating the men, they allowed them to die horrible deaths while they observed. The study went on for 40 years. Yes, it ended in 1972! This travesty was all in the name of public health.

APPLICATION

The Germans never smelled the chimneys because the Nazis hid them. We may not smell the camp chimneys' stench yet, but I sure do smell a rat. Before you roll your eyes in disbelief, be honest enough to admit from history how easily masses are manipulated by first pressure then by fear....and by the way, you might also ask the American Indian if our government was trustworthy before you let your guard down.

Even now, there are people busy hiding the chimneys.

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13). 

When Evil Became Good

Lies Deceived/Deception Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Lingutla Raja | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20 ; Luke 11:35

Author: Lingutla Raja
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ILLUSTRATION

One day Good and Evil met on the seashore. They said to one another, "Let us bath in the sea." Then they disrobed and swam.

After a while, Evil came out and put on the garment of Good and walked away.

When Good came ashore, she could not find her true garment. To hide her nakedness, she had no choice but to robe herself with the garment of Evil and walk away.

APPLICATION

When Evil steals the garment of Good, Good is left with no choice but to wear the garment of Evil. That's what we see happening in the world today, as evil actions and attitudes are lauded as good.  In such a world, those who do good are given no choice but to assume the role of being considered evil. 

"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" (Isaiah 5:20). 

"Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness" (Luke 11:35, NLT). 

A Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothing

Deceived/Deception Self-righteousness Shepherding

Source: “Pa. rehab CEO accused of selling heroin and fentanyl,” Posted on October 7, 2017 By Candy Woodall

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-04

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

PennLive reports:

A Pennsylvania drug rehab founder and CEO is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl to the addicts the facility was designed to heal.

Federal officials say 65-year-old David Francis was dealing those deadly drugs to clients and throughout McKees Rocks, a borough near Pittsburgh.

The Next Step Foundation that Francis operated is listed as providing recovery housing to drug addicts and alcoholics.

Instead of providing the housing, education, support and services to help them recover from addiction, as the organization's mission states, federal agents say Francis was acting as their drug dealer.

Federal authorities on Friday raided his home and the rehab facility amid charging him with intention to distribute fentanyl. His detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court.

A person who bought drugs from him in May died of a fentanyl overdose, investigators said.

Federal officials began investigating in July after multiple overdoses were reported in McKees Rocks and nearby Ingram. 

APPLICATION

Lost and desperate people look to the Church for hope.  Sadly, rather than ministering grace, many in this industry actually stoke the sin nature with a regiment of shame-based legalism and works righteousness, proving that the only thing worse than a wolf in sheep’s clothing is a wolf in shepherd’s clothing. 

Pastors are supposed to help those who struggle with their addiction to religious pride, which keeps them from humbling seeking God’s grace. Ironically, many in the Church actually encourage this addictive behavior. 

The Church is here to save mankind, not to put him on an even more addictive and hopeless path. These clergy act more like this rehab founder than the healers God has called them to be. 

"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:4-5). 

Playing Dumb

Deceived/Deception God's Judgment Law (of God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Scripture: Luke 8:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Power Of The Locomotive

Power Followership Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Neal Letteney | Date Posted: 2016-05-27

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1 ; Matthew 7:15

Author: Neal Letteney
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Holy Pens Guarantee Passing Grades

Deceived/Deception False Teachers False Hope

Contributed By: Matt Stowell | Date Posted: 2016-02-11

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3 ; 1 John 4:1

Author: Lucy Sherriff / Illustration Exchange
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Your Faith In Human Nature Is An Inspiration, Charlie Brown

Human Nature Faith Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-10

Scripture: Jeremiah 8:11 ; 1 Corinthians 1:20

Author: Ben Patterson / Illustration Exchange
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When Free Is't Free

Salvation Works Salvation Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Jimmy Kiker | Date Posted: 2015-06-06

Scripture: Romans 6:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Billy Ray Cyrus Says Satan Ruined His Family

Deceived/Deception Parenting Discipline (Corrective)

Contributed By: Darryl Woodson | Date Posted: 2015-03-08

Scripture: Proverbs 19:18

Author: Shari Weiss / Darryl Woodson
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Sin Will Find You Out

Sin Consequences Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Paul Hamilton | Date Posted: 2015-03-06

Scripture: Numbers 32:23

Author: Paul Hamilton
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