How to Respond to Manipulation and Threats from Within the Church

Let’s admit there is no roadmap for the road we now walk as a nation or the Church. We have all heard it referred to as “uncharted waters,” and so it is.

Therefore, we would do well to walk circumspectly, which simply means we are to be: “careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences: We are to be PRUDENT. Using diplomacy.”

This is how to respond, not react, to manipulation and threats.

Instead, however, what is becoming commonplace are bold demands for believers to retract statements or information others determine is erroneous or offensive.  Bold, hostile demands often followed by threats.

When this comes from unbelievers it’s easier to shrug it off. But when it is from fellow believers, as we often see now, we are talking about a spiritual root that we must first recognize and learn how to address biblically.

Years ago, in a particularly dark season in my life I was attacked verbally, and psychologically by a Christian businessman. I couldn’t just end the relationship due to contracts. So I followed scriptural protocol to resolve the issue according to Matthew 18:18.

First, I went privately to the individual to discuss it. When that didn’t bring any change, I took another with me. When that didn’t work, I took it to the “Church” which in this case was three Christian clients that were being affected by the poison he was spewing into the relationship.

The Lord brought this incident back to my remembrance this week as He said, “Their responses then, are reflective of what you will see now.”

Once the verbal abuse was brought into the open with the three clients, the Christian businessman replied with a scathing rebuke of me. He response dripped with pride of his importance, and justification of his hateful assault against me.

He finished his public rebuke stating he would no longer acknowledge my existence because I didn’t deserve that kind of honor or respect. His response completely confirmed my claim of the abusive nature of the relationship, but sadly, he didn’t even recognize it.

The result from the three clients was significant and what the Lord said we now see present day.

The first said, “I don’t know what’s going on between you two, but leave me out of it.

The second said, “We realize he (the businessman) is in error, but you need to just forgive and don’t worry about it. We are just going to ignore him and not say anything more about this.”

The third, however, responded with righteous indignation. “This is so wrong! By his own words he is in pride and error. Jesus would never respond like this! I cannot do business with him any longer unless he stops this attack.” She then called the businessman to have a conversation.

Three strong believers. Three very different responses.

  1. I don’t want to get involved. This doesn’t seem to affect me and I don’t have time for this.

(Isn’t that what the Church did with the Oregon baker? How did that end?)

  1. I’m going to stick my head in the sand and pretend this isn’t happening. If we don’t say anything or acknowledge it, then it will hopefully go away.

(Isn’t that what the Church has done from the pulpit? We aren’t going to talk about these issues. It is politics and we aren’t going to get involved. Where has that gotten us?)

  1. This is wrong. I cannot turn my head and ignore what is happening.

(This is the most uncomfortable response and yet the only true biblical response and yet it rarely happens.)

We see these exact same responses regarding the abuse and corruption being perpetrated upon the American people. The key is how should we respond?

As a nation we have found ourselves in this uncomfortable situation when the Oregon baker was publicly attacked by government officials. Sadly, the Church did not rush to stand with him in his decision to refuse to compromise his Christian beliefs. What if we had stood up as the Church together?

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That attack, however, was from outside the Church from unbelievers. It is slightly different. However, if the Church had run toward the baker in support to stand together, I dare say, the result and abuse he experienced would have been quite different. Instead, we turned our heads.

But now we see Christians, some high-profile, attack other Christians because they disagree with their political ideology, their stand on masks, on BLM, LGBTQ, abortion or some other area which has become volatile in our very offense-ridden world. The Bible is no longer the plumbline and kindness no longer a virtue.

So how should we respond and what should we do as we navigate the waters of what, no doubt, will be an emotionally charged week?

  1. We must recognize that accusations and attacks do not come from a spirit of love.
  2. Demands for someone to do something is called control, manipulation and witchcraft. We know from what spirit that stems. Refuse it.
  3. Arguing, bickering and confusion are all around us. The Bible tells us that where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. All we need do is follow the fruit (Jas 3:16-18). For the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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We are going to have many opportunities to be peace makers this week and in the week’s to come. However, that doesn’t mean we ignore Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanityinjustice or turn our heads and pretend it will go away. We must not be afraid to look evil in the eye and say, “That is wrong.”

But we must also realize there are those who are going to wake up and finally come to their senses. When that happens, “I told you so,” is not the right response. Instead embrace them, love them and let’s see the Church actually become the Church rather than the weak splintered Body it has been.

Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world. Let’s see it.

If you want to understand the spirit of attack and deception running rampant in our world right now, get a copy of my new book, “Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Deception, Rage & Insanity.” There is not another book out there I know of at present that outlines this spiritual virus, the progression, how to recognize it and how to be free! To learn more or to order, click here.

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  1. I am so proud of you for what you’re doing and very grateful for your wisdom input and friendship
    satan thought he had won when Jesus was crucified…. same thing here
    God ALWAYS wins and causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus thank God we are His 🙏🏼❤️ Love you so much

  2. Thank you Karen for the very important work you do to share truth with a biblical perspective. I have purchased & read your book and it was very enlightening! Going to reread it again.
    So grateful for you & other voices that are keeping us informed, encouraged & challenging us to engage in our culture & be the change agents that He has called us to be!

  3. Not that it was good you went through that but amazing how the Lord used it so perfectly for such a time as this. So true! Christians need a MUCH stronger stomach for justice. Jesus told it like it was re the Pharisees, etc. If the deed is evil that’s what I’m calling it. I will not stop crying out for every installed one to be dethroned and brought to justice. I will not accept evil or pretend it’s okay nor be silent about it. Jesus didn’t. In fact, the roaring lion of Judah by the Spirit is alive and well in me about the evil I am seeing. Praying accordingly.

    “Whoever says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations; but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them,” (Proverbs 24:24-25).

  4. It isn’t clear to me what you and your three ‘Christian’ business associates did after you all confronted the so-called ‘Christian business man. How do you all relate to him now? What does the Bible say about it?

    1. The Bible tells us what to do in Matthew 18:15-17 & 21-22, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

      Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

      How did Jesus treat the tax collectors? He called them out, but He also loved them and called them into the Kingdom. Matthew and Nicodemus fell into that category.

      Personally how did I and the three other business people deal with this individual after we worked to have a discussion with them and they continued in their hateful comments? For our safety and well-being we have had to discontinue business dealings as much as possible. When pride and arrogance are what dominate a person the result will flavor every aspect of their business. So we have forgiven and continue to pray for them, but we have also chosen not to continue to have relationship with them. That would change if they got delivered and healed and let us know that their heart had changed. But without deliverance from the offense and deception that comes with pride, they don’t feel they have done anything wrong. That’s why I wrote the book, “INFECTED: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity.” It can be found at and explains the entire progression that happens when we allow pride to take root.

      Does that help?

      1. Wow, while I didn’t feel I needed help along those lines, that was a great explanation. I must also re-read infected. I’m ofteb guilty of speed reading books!
        I hold you in high esteem and respect as one of today’s cutting edge authors and ministries.

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