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Written by Kevin L. Howard   
What sort of advice do you think Satan would give to someone wanting to sabotage a church?


1. Ignore the teachings of Matthew 18:15-20.  Keep handy plenty of excuses as to why no one, no matter how carnal a member is, should ever be ex-communicated as Matthew 18 teaches.


"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."


2. Make sure gossip reigns supreme.  Never talk face to face with someone you have a problem with.  Talk about them not with them.  In fact, you can assure the success of gossip by making it a part of your church life through a creative strategy.  When you're talking to your best friend, just tell her you've got some important information to "share" with her.  Perhaps even make it a "prayer request."


3.  Frequently tell the pastor how to do his job, even though you've never been in that position yourself.  Never mind that you can't even find the passages that talk about a pastor's responsibilities.  At all costs, you must ignore Hebrews 13:17 which says, "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you."


4. Put women in charge of every ministry of the church, just be sure to occasionally talk about male leadership so no one gets suspicious.  Forget 1 Corinthians 14:34 and 1 Timothy 2:11.


"Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says." 


"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission."


5.  Spend more time on committees and in meetings than you actually do in ministry or prayer.  People will think you're spiritual and you'll eventually think you're doing ministry.


6.  Make sure you talk about evangelism and missions more than you actually do them.  You can even give money to certain causes to ease your conscience. 


7. Make sure your most qualified leaders, paid and volunteer, have a hard time making changes when change is needed.  And don't forget to act surprised when good leaders leave your church to find a more spiritual environment.


8. Never read 2 Corinthians 13:5 which says, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test?"


9. Know that 2 Corinthians 11:15 doesn't apply to you.


"It is not surprising, then, if [Satan's] servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve."


10. Complain when someone in leadership addresses these problems in your church.

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