Introducing topical study The Bait of Satan by John Bevere. Many Christians fall into the deceptive trap and are offended by other Christians.
Jesus’ disciples asked him about the signs at the end of the age.
Matthew 24:10-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
An offended person will eventually betray the one who offended him. Then he will grow to hate that person.
Proverbs 18:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Some Christians have really been offended and have even left the church because God has been misrepresented or they have been hurt really bad.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 King James Version (KJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Strongholds in our minds are usually the result of arguments or hurts or being offended by somebody else. But you know that the true nature of God is love, love, love. But when we have been offended our mind begins to set up protect, protect, protect. You gotta protect yourself.