Troublemakers Job 5:6-7 Introduction • Trouble- annoyance, disturbance or difficulty • Eliphaz said “Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.” • Our experience tends to verify his statement • Mankind is beset by many problems & troubles • Our troubles are not all the same • But we all have some Cause of Man’s Troubles 1. Sin is the basic cause of our greatest problems • Brought sickness, suffering, sorrow & death to the human family 2. We bring some troubles on ourselves • By sinful attitudes & actions- Prov. 22:8 • And foolish choices- I Sam. 13:13 3. But others can cause us trouble- Gal. 1:7 Christians Shouldn’t Be Troublemakers • We should be peacemakers- Matt. 5:9 • Those who cause trouble are the Devil’s children • Yet churches have troubles today • Some from without • But others are due to troublemakers within • God hates such troublemakers- Prov. 6:19 • Let us consider those who are troublemakers Not All Accused Are Troublemakers • Ahab said Elijah troubled Israel- I Ki. 18:17 • Elijah said it was because of Ahab’s idolatry • God approved Elijah on Mount Carmel • Paul was accused of troubling the Jews- Acts 24:5 God approved Paul by protecting him • Festus admitted Paul was innocent- Acts 26:31 • Neither are those today who humbly stand for the truth troublemakers Those Who Teach Error • Galatians were troubled by false teachers-Gal.1:7 • They insisted that they accept circumcision • Doesn’t take a large change to pervert the gospel • False teachers lead believers astray & divide the Lord’s church • Often for their own gain- II Pet. 2:3 • Many errors are taught today • All who teach a different gospel are cursed- V8 Those Who Teach Opinion as Doctrine • We all have a right to our opinions • But we must not elevate them • Nor should we try to push or bind them on others • Human ideas divided the Jews- Acts 23:8 • They made the Pharisees’ worship vain- Mt. 15:9 • Such will divide churches today • Our faith must not be in opinions- I Cor. 2:5 • But in the power of God- God’s word Those Who Act without Authority Cause Trouble • Must have authority for all we teach- I Pet. 4:11 • And authority for all we do- Col. 3:17 • Includes worship & works of the church • Reason why we don’t use musical instruments • Many churches have added unauthorized works • Social functions, recreation, daycare & others • Those who insist on doing these divide churches And are troublemakers Those Who Insist on Having Their Way-1 • Diotrephes- III Jn. 9-10 • He loved to have the preeminence & seized it • He spoke against the apostle • Refused to receive John’s messengers • And cast out those who received them • The preeminence belongs to Christ- Col. 1:18 • We are all brethren- Matt. 23:8 Those Who Insist on Having Their Way-2 • Pride has troubled many churches since • The proper attitude- Phil. 2:3-5 • No one’s opinions are always wisest & best • We should be willing to consider the ideas of each person • Then choose what is best for all • That shows a love for the church- I Pet. 2:17 Christians Who Live in Sin • Described as a bitter root- Heb. 12:15 • That would trouble the Hebrews • Like Achan who troubled Israel – Jos. 7:25 • Caused Israel’s defeat & his family’s death • Hypocrites discourage those in & out the church • They have an evil influence- I Cor. 5:6 • They also damage the reputation of the church • They must be disciplined by the church In Conclusion • Remember God’s view of troublemakers • He will trouble those who trouble his children- II Thess. 1:6 • Let us be peacemakers • And among those who edify the church • You must be a member of it to build it up • Are you a christian this morning?
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