Summary: Satan is waging an all out war against the body of Christ.
"How To Identify Terrorist Groups In The Church"
November 25, 2001 FBC, Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker
1 It is an awesome job being a pastor.
A I have had people come to me and say "Pastor, I’ve had trouble with our last four pastors. Why does he keep sending us poor shepherds?"
a Do you know what the statistical odds are of God sending four "poor shepherds" to one church....in a row?
B I’m going to share today a message that may not be the best timed.
a In December I’ll be preaching Xmas. (No brainer)
In January I’ll be zeroing in on Stewardship. (No brainer)
It would put this message back to February.
b I can either do this message with bad timing or even worse timing. I’ve chosen to have bad timing.
2 How to identify terrorist groups in the church.
A It’s not a new threat....at all. (2 Cor. 11:13/15)
a 2CO 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
b Paul stressed to the church at Corinth to be sensitive to Satans schemes. (ETS)
B Satan is waging an all out war against the body of Christ. (ESS)
a I want you to be an anti-terrorist commando for Christ. (Obj.)
b What will you do to fight demonic terrorism at FBC?
T.S.: Let’s look at two strategic steps we can take to thwart the devils schemes at FBC.
I The first step we can take is to......know the aggressor.
A Paul told the Corinthian churc that Satan’s soldiers had great camouflage. (2 Cor. 11:15, Matt. 13:24-30)
MT 13:24 Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.  When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. MT 13:27 "The owner’s servants came to him and said, `Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’28 " `An enemy did this,’ he replied. "The servants asked him, `Do you want us to go and pull them up?’29 " `No,’ he answered, `because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ "
a The bad seeds of Matt. 13 and bad members of 2 Cor. 11 had the same objective. (To have a negative impact on the harvest.)
b Weeds: (1) Took Water, minerals, space the wheat could have used to flourish/excel. (2) The workers who had the job of bringing in the harvest had to waste time dealing with weeds when they should have been bringing in the harvest.
Members: (1) The pastor had to spend exhorberant amount of time dealing with disruptive, destructive and disgruntled people instead of reaching the lost.