Have you ever met someone who loves to argue? Some people just love to get into a good debate or argument. Those people tend to stir people up and cause divisions. The apostle Paul mentions these people in his letter to the Corinthian church, in 1 Corinthians 11:19.
1 Corinthians 11:19 “But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.”
The church ought not be accustom to debates. Arguments and divisions should not be a regular occurrence when you go to church. More often than not, these divisions and debates will be fueled by one or two people. Verse 19 uses the Greek word philoneikos for contentious, and it refers to someone who loves a debate. This is a person who starts a debate whenever he gets the chance. This does not say that there should be no debate within the church. But to be in constant turmoil and dissatisfaction is not what the Lord would have us to welcome in our churches. In Romans 16, we are told to “mark those” who cause division.