(1 Corinthians 10:10)
by Kevin Rutherford
Americans can find more to complain
about than anybody else.† We demand
everything go our way and when it doesnít we sure do fuss.† While sometimes it is necessary to stand up
for oneself, many Americans go over board.†
We have a reputation for being pushy, loud mouthed, selfish, arrogant,
complainers.† Of course, some of the
citizens of the
When this selfish, whining, murmuring, complaining attitude invades the Lordís church we really have problems.† When members complain to the elders because the preacher stepped on their toes there is a spiritual problem.† When Christians complain because they donít have all the luxuries of life they desire there is a spiritual problem. When Christians gossip and complain about one another there is a spiritual problem.† When Christians act like spoiled, selfish children who must have things their way they are going to hurt themselves and the church.† Of course, the most dangerous complaining of all occurs when Christians donít like what God said about a certain thing, and begin to complain about the Bible or those who teach it to them.
In 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Paul talks about the children of
Another condemnation against those who murmur and complain is found in Jude chapter one and verse sixteen.† Jude is speaking of those false teachers who had secretly crept into the Lordís church, who were causing problems during the love feasts, and who were pulling people astray.† Concerning them he says, ďThese are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts.Ē †We have many in the Lordís church today who are complaining about Godís Will.† They donít want to do things Godís Way.† They complain about the worship which is according to Godís pattern.† They call it ďtraditionalĒ and ďboring.Ē† They say we need a ďmore vibrant, contemporary style of praise worship.Ē† They are false teachers, complaining about Godís Will and leading souls to hell!† Watch out for those who complain about Godís Will.† Donít let them pull you into their negative, sarcastic, bitter rebellion.† Satan has them and will use them against you.