Dr. W. Mike Runion is senior Pastor of City View First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife Gail have served churches in North Carolina and South Carolina. A native of Greer South Carolina, Dr. Runion holds degrees from North Greenville University (A.A., B.A.,), and Southeastern Theological Seminary (M. Div., D. Min. in Expository Preaching).
Dr. Runion has preached in churches, crusades and revivals throughout North and South Carolina. In addition, he has served preaching alongside missionaries in foreign lands. Russia; Novgorod, Chechulino. Romania; Cluj-Napoca, Bistrita-Nasaud, Campia-Turzi. Brazil, Bocaiuva Do Sul; Indonesia, Malang and surrounding environs.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:13–14).
Darkness—not the tranquil beauty of nightfall where we find rest but we are delivered from the power of evil (darkness figuratively) and the look of rebellion that represents such a dark life. Darkness in Scripture is the representation of a life without God. Darkness is not a thing in itself; darkness can only be explained as the absence of light. Spiritually, it is a life void of the Spirit and light of God. The Bible not only says “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) but also, “God is light and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). In His love Christ came to deliver us from the penalty of sin. In His light he came to deliver us from the power of sin—that is, deliverance from a life of dark addiction to sins of the flesh that promise happiness but in reality rob us of all the light and life God really offers. In the end, sin leaves us in a really dark place, lonely, addicted and void of the light of life. Jesus offers freedom and power over that darkness. He offers every blessing and the freedom to walk in the light as He is in the light.
Happy New Year and here’s to a life of freedom from the power of darkness.