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Dave Roth
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Today's Bible Study


Romans 16:17-18

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 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.

Having wrapped up his letter with a series of greetings, Paul now had an after thought. James Dunn speculates that he may have taken the pen from his amanuensis, Tertian, and added these words of warning himself, not because there was any trouble within the Roman church at that time, but because Paul understood the dangers that lurked within every congregation.

He warns the church of two dangers to its peace and unity, two dangers that the modern church knows very well but seems to have no understanding of how to deal with it. The first is to "mark" or keep an eye on those people who cause division within the church. Such divisions could have been caused for a number of reasons such as those he had all ready spoken about, foods, observance of days, and other legalisms. Questions of leadership and doctrine could also cause divisions. This kind of division had to be addressed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:3-6 "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase."

This seems to be the most common cause of divisions in our churches today and it is very difficult to contain. There seems to always be someone within the congregation who is trying to turn others against their pastor or other leaders. Strong godly leadership is needed in such cases along with a biblical form of church discipline. Many of our churches have been reluctant to use proper discipline and have suffered the consequences.    Read More

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