The FBI has recently made some changes in the way they train their agents to handle firearms. The agency once focused on long-range marksmanship training. However, studies have shown that 75% of shootings involving FBI agents consisted of suspects who were within 3 yards of agents when shots were exchanged. Therefore, the new training regimen will now focus more on threats from a short distance away.
Church leaders are aware of outside threats to the Lord’s work. However, the Bible also warns us about dangers that are nearby. David writes, “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.” (Psalm 55:12-14).
In my 20 years in fulltime ministry, I have endured my share of “friendly fire”. Just to name a few–a Sunday School teacher who planned her lessons to contradict my sermons, a deacon who angrily rebelled against the church leaders in a public meeting and an elder who tried to turn the other elders against me.
We shouldn’t be paranoid, but we have to be realistic. Sometimes Satan gains influence over people in the church. We should be ready to respond, biblically and decisively, against any such threat to the Lord’s work.