Often times as leaders, people will misunderstand you and maybe even dislike you, but it's not about how many people like you as long as the right ones do. When Jesus taught there would frequently be controversy and division associated with his teachings. However, when speaking the truth those who had the heart to receive Him, understood the wisdom he would pour out. In the tenth chapter of the Book of John, Jesus was speaking among the Jews, or in other words, His own people. While speaking and teaching - the crowd's thoughts concerning Jesus being to divide. Some said this guy is "demon-possessed" and others said, "a demon-possessed man can't speak like this". Therefore, in this moment you have some people thinking "oh he's cool, nothing wrong here" and others thinking "oh he's crazy, something got to be wrong." But might I suggest in the midst of groundbreaking teaching separation will always manifest! The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” John 10:19-21 NIV As a Prophet, we speak for God, we are the mouthpiece of God. Often called the Seer, we relay the messages of God to God's appointed vessels. In the administration of the Body of Christ, there are multiple leadership positions. Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelist, teachers, deacons, bishops and so on. However, in the midst of all these positions there "Should Be" one universal goal. Saving People. Which I believe is the motive of most Christians. Nevertheless, the church having issues because we see division and don't know how to handle it. Many people believe we should just separate from those people causing division. And they are correct, according to Romans 16:17 (Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and obstacles contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.) On the other hand, here in the bible, we see Jesus causing division. There is also another scripture where Jesus says "Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other!" (Luke 12:51 & Matthew 10:34) So in other words, Jesus said 'i came to separate people." Notice, if you read the scripture, he didn't just say separate people. He had the intention to separate love ones - families. People who are known to associate with one another and be loyal to one another, He wanted to divide them in order to change their culture as well as traditional beliefs.
Jesus figured that in other to change long-lasting traditions of the culture there has to be one person influenced in a house or a circle in order to bring the rest of them out. So in essence, Jesus says in order to save the house I must divide it. Pause and parenthetically digress, isn't it just like Jesus to break something before he blesses it? (when He fed the 5,000 - notice before feeding the people he broke the solution in two pieces, blessed it and then distributed it.) Might I suggest "two is always better than one"? So Jesus basically says "Nothing can separate love ones like division or in other words fractions amongst each other." The messages Jesus spoke created fraction between doctrine and discipline. It separated rules and revelation. Jesus inspired messages -provoked his accusers to re-examine their own teachings as well as why they look at other who defy their rules as rebels. For example, Matthew 12:1-8 Jesus and his disciples were walking through a cornfield. As they were walking, the disciples became hungry and began to pick corn from the field. Now, in this times, picking corn in the field was considered work or "laboring'". The law of the land stated: "on the Sabbath, no one could work". Therefore, the discipline we're technically 'breaking the law' in what they did. Jesus had no issue with it apparently, but the disciples got catch by local, spiritual law enforcement. The Pharisees, indeed, called them out about their wrongdoing. But this is where the change comes in because Jesus then starts to speak. He said "Haven’t you read the Scriptures - what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat." In David's time, it was the law of the land that only the priest could eat the sacred bread. Nevertheless notice, if you read 1 Samuel 21:1-9 when David went into the temple it was the priest who gave him the bread. Ergo, revelation overthrow rules. Revelation is the revealing of information. Which means, Jesus often times would use controversial revelations to cause division, separating those who loved him, from those who ultimate just didn't like him. He used division as a tool 'to divide and conquer.' His motive was clean but the method wasn't as clean, which cause people to question His sanity, his origin, and his very anointing.
Moral of the Story: 'Division isn't always bad, Having Differences or Fraction isn't always bad. We just have to be careful to examine the teachings to determine if the teacher is worth of discrediting and marking as false. Time after time again, we discredit and devalue leaders because we misunderstood their actions or message, without taking note to their motive.'