All Bible texts are from the King James Version.
Romans 16:17, 18
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them
which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye
have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord
Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches
deceive the hearts of the simple.
To be a
trouble maker in the great cause of our Lord is
certainly a serious offence. Troubles will come but woe to the ones who
dare to bring them, so much so that Jesus' counsel is
Union must be in truth. For those who go
contrary to the doctrine the
instruction is to
Two characteristics stand out clearly in the Scriptures which identify trouble makers:-
contrary to the doctrine.
by fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.They do this by accusing those who stand for truth as being trouble-makers.
These two characteristics are repeated in Scripture several times. It seems that to be falsely accused of being a trouble maker is to be in good company. Let us take a couple instances.
These men . . . do exceedingly trouble our city.
Who were these troublers?
These men are the servants of the most
high God, which show unto us the way of salvation.
Those who were resisting the voice of God through His
messengers were the ones who
accused the saints of God of causing trouble. They not only accused
many stripes and
cast them into prison.
Error produces the trouble, but those who preach the
truth are accused of being
trouble makers. This fact seems to span all history and cover all
time. It is
certainly true today. But what a privilege to stand by Christ's truth
for today and to be
accused with Him of being a trouble maker. Note Christ's assurance:-
Luke 6:22, 23
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate
you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall
reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's
sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your
reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers
unto the prophets.
1 Kings 18:17
Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
Elijah was to the apostate a
trouble maker. Elijah answered:-
1 Kings 18:18
I have not troubled Israel; but thou,
and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of
the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Apostates bring trouble and then accuse the faithful
who resist them of being
This is typical of apostates. They forsake the truth of God, they forsake the commandments of God, this automatically bring conflict and divisions. Then to hide their fault they try to silence truth, by accusing the faithful of being trouble makers. However, truth will triumph. Apostates may accuse. But trouble is coming. A time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation.
Apostates may cause trouble in the camp of the saints, but God will trouble them.
Joshua 7:25Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day.
2 John 9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
May we all abide in Christ and in the doctrine of Christ and not be trouble makers.