About twenty years ago I heard that the Satanists in America had agreed together to begin praying for the downfall of God’s leaders—ministers in specific. Let me quickly clarify something. I do not believe that Satanists’ prayers can topple any godly leader who maintains their relation with God, because the God we serve is GOD—the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Hollywood’s portrayal of God and Satan in a vicious struggle with God’s people desperately sweating as to which will be victorious couldn’t be further from the truth. Satan is a mere creation of Gods, meaning he has very limited power. The devil thwarting God would be like you or I defeating Him. God has and will always be in control, and the only time Satan gains any lead way in our lives is when we allow it. At the end of this age, Christ will return and defeat all evil in an extremely one-sided and brief battle known as the Battle of Armageddon.
Yet now, in our godless age, it would benefit Christians to consider the wiles of the devil. This includes how he conducts Spiritual warfare against Christians, and don’t fool yourself, there is a war being fought. Why else would you see so many broken down and abandoned church buildings that once housed thriving congregations?
Tares, or fake Christians who appear to be genuine until no godly fruit is produced, are the tools Satan uses to destroy our churches. Their purpose is the same as their father the devil, “to steal, kill and destroy.” If your minister is a true man of God who centers on preaching the Word and reaching souls for Christ, be assured, these tares will surface. In John 8:44 the Apostle John states, “You belong to your father . . . for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Tares are wolves in sheep’s clothing and lying is their second language. They will appear to desire the best for their ministers, church and its members, but they will always seem to be involved in some kind of confusion or discourse. They will usually begin their whispering campaign against a new minister within the first 18 months of his arrival. If they wait much longer, that minister might have gained too much support from the godly members for their scheme to succeed. These tares will do whatever is necessary to obtain victory, so they won’t care who or what is hurt in the process—individuals or church reputation.
A church that has allowed a “godly minister run-off scenario” to unfold will rarely ever be the same; and like wolves, once these tares have tasted blood they will continue coming back for more. Historically speaking, this is generally the beginning of this church’s long and heart-wrenching road to closure.