Avoid Divisive Persons in Your Church Body
In the closing chapter of the book of Romans, Paul talks about people who are problem starters. He writes in verse 17 of chapter 16, “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
As surely as there is a Christian in your church, there are devils present whose intent is to cause problems in your congregation. They followed Jesus everywhere He went, took up seating sick folks should have been sitting in, and questioned everything He said. You might be thinking, “You’re talking about the scribes and Pharisee’s who followed Jesus everywhere He went.” Yes, I am. Satan will use any willing person he can find to oppose true Christianity. God uses the mouths of Christians to spread His Word and Satan uses religious folks. He did back then, and he still does today. These mouth pieces for Satan also followed Paul everywhere he went and argued with his teachings, and you can bet they are in your church body as well. They are there for one reason and for one reason only; and that is to cause division. This is not new, there’s a spiritual war going on; that’s why Paul wrote to the Roman Church telling them to take note of such people and avoid them. Stay away from them and let your pastor know who they are and what they are trying to do to his flock. Because they do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. These people are not present to strengthen your church body or to help your church grow, and neither do they support the Lord’s work monetarily because it goes against the grain of Satan to support anything that is of God. You have heard them say, “We don’t have to tithe. Tithing was under the law and isn’t mentioned in the New Testament.” Wrong. Tithing was around a long time before the law was given. Abraham paid tithes to a heavenly priest named Melchizedek who was made on the order of the Son of God who is our eternal High Priest and who now receives our tithes, gifts and offerings just as Melchizedek received Abraham’s tithes in the book of Genesis.
These religious people are only present to fill their own belly. And I am not talking about refilling their plate three or four times at a church carry-in. I mean they are there to do as much damage to your church as they can. Their purpose is to keep your church from growing and expanding, to drive out the weak Christians, to split churches into different factions, and to impress you with their knowledge. Paul wrote, they deceive the simple among you? By smooth words and flattering speech. You know who these people are, they sit among you every week; some of them are on the church board, some are deacons and elders, and some sit beside you in the pew. They are tale bearers, back-biters, nit-pickers and complainers, and at some point they have even talked to you about the effectiveness of the pastor. And they especially talk about those people who are out doing the Lord’s work. Mark them, report them, and let the pastor deal with them. They are present for only one reason and that is to create division. If we let them continue to operate openly within our church walls and do nothing; they win. But if we oppose them, mark them, and report them as we should, our congregation wins and the devils will be driven out. DThrash