“This issue arose because of false brothers smuggled in, who came in secretly to spy on the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us”
There are several references in the Word of God to how the powers of Satan organize against the local church, which include false brothers, false prophets, and wolves.
In a previous post, I wrote about wolves you are welcome to check that post out in the archives. In Galatians 2:4, the apostle Paul writes about false brothers. False brothers are unbelievers placed in the midst of believers for the purpose of division. These false brothers appear to be non-believers sent from the Jews to cause destruction from the inside of the church. The Apostle Paul speaks of the “spying on their freedom.”
While the Jews may not send these false brothers today, the attack remains one recycled by the enemy. Today, false brothers come in different forms and degrees. Some “false brothers” may not even be aware they are lost and working for the enemy. But I believe that the enemy has placed them in local bodies to be a point of disruption and division. Again you can pick them out by the destruction and devastation they leave in their wake! If you encounter a false brother you should show them grace, but not be afraid to rebuke them. If you sit and listen to their lies, your silence will be scene as agreement. False Brothers are looking for numbers to bring about their destruction. So be wise and be bold as you adhere to truth.