Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Romans 16:17-18 (KJV) Divisions and Offenses

Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)
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.
While chapter fifteen told us to try to help those in need, chapter sixteen warns us of certain people we ought to identify and avoid:
They cause divisions and offensesDivision is their purpose. By spreading whatever falsehood misrepresentation or in substantiated scandal they are involved in, they create a divisive spirit among people who ought to be unified.
Offenses are the result. Once division has happened offenses are unavoidable. Woe be to that one who causes the offense!
They are contrary the to doctrine these believers had learnedWhatever it is they have used to create the division is irrelevant. What matters is that causing division and offenses among believers is contrary to what the Bible teaches.
They deceive the hearts of the simplePeople who have taken the time to build a solid walk with the Lord will be little affected by their divisions. It will be:
  • the shallow, 
  • the silly, 
  • the simple 
(perhaps those who can least afford it) who are lead astray.
They serve their own bellyThe Bible pulls no punch. Those who divide churches, whatever they believe to be their motives, do so contrary to the Word of God and for their own pleasure.
Don’t be fooled by them. Identify and avoid them.

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Romans 16:17-18 (KJV) Divisions and Offenses

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