Mark and Avoid

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.

Romans 16:17-18

In these verses, we find a group of people that the Bible tells us to avoid.  They are the people who “cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine that we have learned.”  There are people who would add to or take away from the doctrines found in the Bible.  They get their own ideas and start to look at themselves as the authority instead of the Bible.  These people can usually be found trying to convince other Christians that they are right and the Bible is wrong.  It is this group of people that we are told to “mark and avoid.”

The reason we should “mark and avoid them is found in the second verse: “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly.”  They serve themselves instead of serving the Lord.  Our wants, desires and opinions should all be filtered through the Word of God.  Any want, desire or opinion that is not in line with the doctrines of the Bible should be immediately discarded.  If we are told to “mark and avoid” people like this, we definitely don’t want to be one of these people.

As long as we are submissive to the Bible and submissive to the Lord Jesus Christ, we will please Him and we will not find ourselves in this category.  And we do need to watch ourselves that we do not follow after the people who fall into this category!

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