I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our LORD Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery, they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil (Romans 16:17-19).
Divisiveness is a form of expressing division or creating dissension or discord. The action of opposing, resisting, or combating. A person or group of people opposing, criticizing or protesting something, someone, or other groups. It is one of Satan’s most effective strategies to hinder effectiveness of efforts working together in harmony. Who does Satan uses to cause divisiveness in God’s two institutions—marriage and the church? He uses those who are not converted and those who are not biblically well-nourished in scriptures. He knows they are vulnerable and will fall prey to his tactics and cunningness.
Divisive people do not genuinely serve the Lord, but feed their own appetites with smooth talking and flattery words to deceive the hearts of the naive. Matthew 7:15, states “They come to us in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” When we eat, ingest and apply more of God’s word, the demonic spirits of divisive people flee from those who are righteous in the Lord; be thankful when they suddenly pull away from you.
Christians need to withdraw from divisive demonic spirit-filled people whose objective is to prevent us from fulfilling our destiny in the Lord. We are to be seen as guidance to salvation but can’t if living a divisive lifestyles in sheep’s clothing. A biblical example of divisiveness is Saul of Tarsus before becoming Apostle Paul. He was widely known for persecuting the Church, killed Christians and put others in prison. He was also present for the trial of Stephen that resulted in Stephen being the first Christian martyr (Acts 7:54-60).
Saul’s transformation to Apostle Paul is fascinating and is a great example how our minds should be transformed. I am sure Paul’s oppositions had doubts about his conversion. However, he did not allow his doubters or divisive people stop his diligence for working in the Lord’s kingdom. His obedience led to his elevation to apostleship and writing the most epistles in the Bible. God does amazing things with people He chooses to use for His glory. Paul’s conversion was one of the most dramatic in church history, and his boldness to teach and preach the truth despite opposition is commendable.
Be mindful that tainted tongues of divisive people are to cause disagreement and hostility to threaten our soul’s salvation.
Minister Felton D. Woods’ sermons titled “Do You Have Enemies” and “We Want A King” and “Think Before You Speak” can be listened to on Facebook at URL fb.me//SermonsOfFeltonDWoods.
“But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison” (Acts 8:3)