What To Do With Serpents

Michael Beck

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

There is a very huge difference between seekers who are willing to be changed by the truth the church has to offer and infiltrators who want to change the church’s views on truth.

Serpents are in the camp – intent on “evangelizing.” (“Yea, hath God said …”) Where is the discerning of spirits? Where is the rebuke? Why the open arms and ears?

You don’t dialogue with serpents, you don’t tell them to pull up a chair, you don’t pick their brain, you don’t understand their “journey,” you don’t consider their point of view, you don’t allow them to camp out in your living room. You rebuke them soundly. You make sure they know they are not welcome in your home. You show them the door.

True, getting people through the front door of the church can be the first step in getting them to Christ. But God would use the unvarnished, uncompromised truth to make sure some leave by the same door they entered.

When militants in Satan’s vanguard, who are opposed to the truth of God’s Word, see themselves on a mission to corrupt “Eve,” they should find no quarter in our midst. Giving them any welcome is not an act of love, it is a failure to keep watch over the flock. It sends a signal that we are “open,” and our position is subject to change or could “evolve” over time. We need to send a clear message to seducing spirits. Our ears are closed. There is no dialogue.

Remember Adam’s wife. The enemy is as subtle as ever.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.