In Matthew 2:8, Herod sent the magi to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.”

We have seen attacks on churches for their position on certain topics that are hot in the media today. Being that everyone is welcomed to come, spies are coming in to churches as undercover agents, militant like, to get information before launching their next attack. It seems like a form of social terrorism. The structure of the church has put itself in a dangerous position. While it is an amazing opportunity in these mega-churches that the Gospel can be preached to thousands at a time,  large churches also exposes themselves to every attack the enemy has planned. When churches met together in homes at the time of the early church, people had a much better relationship with one another. If a person came in as a spy, they had a much better chance to leave as a believer. The pastor actually knew personally all the members of the congregation. There was a true support system. No one fell through the cracks unless they created the crack and jumped in. Now instead of being persecuted for who we believe in, we are being persecuted for what we believe in. While everyone is welcome to church, it is essential that we do an even better job to know personally the people who come in. When we know who we are dealing with, it helps discern what is going on around us. No one likes to be blindsided. It is time church videos stop ending up on youtube and we, as the church, starts opening the doors of people’s hearts so they are willing to let Jesus in.

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