Church Security

Church Security

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2).

Persecution of the church has existed since the beginning of the church. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison (Acts 8:3).

Persecution of the church continues today in various places, in various forms. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (II Timothy 3:12).

What shall we do? Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). On another occasion Jesus told the apostles: And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one (Luke 22:35-36).

We shall not hide our heads in the sand as the proverbial ostrich, neither shall we set up fortress as though we are some military entity. We shall take precautions but our lives will not be dictated by the possible actions of some lunatic.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:10-11).

As we concern ourselves with church building security, let us not lose sight of church security.

As children of God, we pray and work for a peaceful place wherein we may worship the God of peace. But, more importantly, let us make sure we are not the source of disruption within the family of God.

As married couples, we desire a safe environment in which we may worship God. But, more importantly, let us make sure that we are not the malefactor at home and at the church building who offend our spouses.

As parents let us provide a safe facility in which we and our children can worship God. But, more importantly, let us as parents make sure we are not the culprits in the assault on our children’s souls.

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life (Revelation 2:10).

                                                                           Tim