They themselves may not suffer, but those around them do. The evil create for those under their dominion a miniature sick society.” M.
I have personally dealt with several religious leaders that neatly fall in the category of "evil" and almost every one of them came off likeable with the others appearing tolerable but certainly not as obviously "evil." like the Serpent and Satan, are masters of disguise.
Deception and public image are integral to the make up of evil people. And, at times, we do not flee when Satan deceives us into thinking he is offering us something good.
In exploiting this human naivete an evil person can deceive trusting congregants or supporters in order to build a church, a school, or a ministry.
(c) Pronounced concern with a public image and self-image of respectability, contributing to a stability of life-style but also a pretentiousness and denial of hateful feelings or vengeful motives.
(d) Intellectual deviousness, with an increased likelihood of a mild schizophrenic-like disturbance of thinking at times of stress.” During my 45 years in independent fundamentalism, I have brushed up against many people within the contemporary "church" who were worthy of the title evil doers.
But I never “connected the dots” with respect to identifying what constitutes an evil person until I read Scott Peck's book, .
(I could have saved a great deal of time by reading and obeying Christ's commands and instruction in Matthew 7.) The Bible warns of evil people, in one case calling the Cretians "always liars" and "evil beasts." It is therefore necessary that God's people be able to identify "evil people." Just as the Serpent was the most subtle of creatures and Satan can appear as an angel of light, evil people are hard to identify. Evil never manifests itself as evil because deception is an integral part of evil.
that characterize evil people, rather it is the subtlety and persistence and consistency of their sins.
This is because the central defect of the evil is not the sin but the refusal to acknowledge it.” , Dr. Scott Peck “What possesses them, drives [evil people]? They are terrified that the pretense will break down and they will be exposed to the world and to themselves.