“So when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter somehow tempted you and our toil had proven useless.”
(1Thessalonians 3:5 NET)
Have you ever stopped to consider if the Devil was actively involved in the life of your church? For some reason many church leaders and church members have incorrectly assumed that just because the church belongs to God the devil will leave it alone. They are wrong! In fact, if you stop and think about it the very thing that makes us feel safe in the church from the devil’s attack are actually what makes the church vulnerable. The church is more likely to be attacked because the devil is opposed to all things that are Holy, right, pleasing, and praiseworthy. This is why he wants to destroy your church. Others know he is there, they see him working but they refuse to confront the issue or admit that there is a problem, once again incorrectly assuming that the devil will just get tired and leave. The fact of the matter is, the devil is either in your church or trying to get in. Scripture declares that he was present and at work in no fewer than 7 New Testament churches. Paul also indicated that there was a good possibility that he was at work in an eighth church as well. We read about that church today in The New Testament Challenge today, it was the church in Thessalonica. Below is a list of the churches we know the devil attacked.
1) Jerusalem Acts 5:1–10
2) Corinth 2 Cor. 2:1–11
3) Ephesus 1 Tim. 3:6–7
4) Smyrna Rev. 2:9–10
5) Pergamum Rev. 2:13
6) Thyatira Rev. 2:24
7) Philadelphia Rev. 3:9
8) Thessalonica- 1 Thess 3:5- He knew that “the tempter” (i.e., Satan; cf. Mt 4:3) had been at work among them and that God permits the enemy this activity. What Paul did not know about the Thessalonians, however, was whether or not the tempter’s solicitations had been successful, making his work and that of his colleagues “useless.”1
If he attacked and attempted to destroy these churches why would he not attack yours? The fact of the matter is, the devil is at work and he will destroy not only individual believers, but the churches that seek to honor God as well. Be on your guard, help protect your church, because the enemy is on the prowl stay alert!1. Kenneth L. Barker and John R. Kohlenberger, eds. Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary. Accordance electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), n.p.