Far too often too many are too quick to point a scaly, accusatory finger at “the Church” and “Christians”, highlighting even the slightest misgivings. Sure, there are a lot of folks who believe they have been wronged and hurt by “the Church.” But is that still to be held as a representation of the Body as a whole? Just because, say, one pastor in some remote western in somewhere town was caught at a strip club or a priest molesting children, should Christianity be declared perverse? That is akin to saying Toyota makes nothing but junk simply because they had some issues with a few vehicles.

As much as I am well aware of the lacking and malfunctions, even serious difficulties of many churches, did it ever occur to anyone that the Body of Christ, the Christian Church, is the most targeted for attack and infiltration than any other group of people? So, why would it be far-fetched to acknowledge the fact that other groups intentionally send in workers with the specific purpose to break down, or otherwise defame a strong church? Of course, making certain the results end up on the news.

Anyone actually reading our Bibles can surely see we were all given a heads up. In Matthew 22, Jesus warns us in the parable of the wedding feast of at least two types of infiltrators: Those that “make light of it...” (v. 5-6), and another who sneaks in with improper attire (v. 11). We should know that there are those who will “go their own way” and still others who will reject Christ's Salvation (“did not have on a wedding garment”) right in and among the us; the Church.

In the Book of Jude, we find the Holy Spirit cautioning us, “These are spots on your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves.” (v.12) Again, through Peter, God tells us, “They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you...” (2 Peter 2:13). In fact, Christ's first words when the disciples asked Him about the end times, were “Don't be deceived!” Letting us know that as we near the end these problems will increase.

As you study these parts of Scripture, take note of how those infiltrators were handled. More importantly, Who did the 'handling' (hint, Jude 9; 2 Peter 2:4 +, etc). Never once is there a verse instructing us to point the accusatory finger at the Church, let alone post gossip on Facebook or blare it over worldwide broadcasts. Take a strong look into Job's life. Now re-read it all. Never once did he blame God or His teaching, either. We can look all the way through, into Revelation. How did our Lord handle the lacking and misgivings of the Church? Sure, He did not preach “tolerance”, but did He not give even Jezebel “time to repent”?

So, how are we, then, to deal with the problems in the Church? Have you read any of the New Testament? About one third of what God speaks through His people there is instruction to the Church on edifying the Body. (Did you catch that? Edifying...not tearing down.) Even just a quick peek at 2 Thessalonians we find, “For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner.... Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ....” (3:11-12) And to the Church of Corinth through Paul we are exhorted to “reaffirm” our love and even makes a declaration that “we are not ignorant of (satan's) devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:3-11) Back again in Jude, we are exhorted to “save with fear, pulling them out of the fire...” (v. 22-23) While we “build ourselves up on our most holy faith.” (v. 20) And so on.

Is there anywhere we are instructed to stone the Church publicly? What about Peter with Ananias and Sapphira? (Acts 5) Did Peter leave the Church, disgusted at the entire Body and teaching, then go post signs all over town bellowing that they are all thieves and hypocrites? Or did he address directly, as moved by the Holy Spirit right then and there, just the two individuals who opened a door to the enemy by their deceit?

We ought not only to beware of our enemy, but also be aware of his tactics and how the agenda is worked. As the Word instructs, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being watchful and thankful....” [Colossians 4:2, part] We ought to do so with the love of the Church that Christ Himself bled for, being mindful to show no likeness to who the actual “accuser of the brethren” is at the root of all the finger-pointing and blame. After all, as Paul said, “we are not ignorant of his devices.”

Hence, we are without excuse.