Slaves of Their Own Appetites
Slaves of Their Own Appetites
God Almighty has shown us a marvelous and most faithful love in keeping His promise to send a Savior that would take away all our sins and make us fit for eternity in heaven. In spite of the continual sinfulness of this world, God keeps on offering everyone His gift of salvation.
But, there are many who despise that gift and claim there is no need for a Savior from their sins. They proudly claim they are good enough for heaven, just the way they are. These people are in all walks of life — including within the church. Because people with this attitude have existed since the beginning, Paul warned the Roman church in Romans 16:17-18,
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
For such men are slaves not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
Everywhere we come across people who do their utmost to hinder the true faith as given to us in God’s word. Paul calls them slaves of their own appetites. They have an agenda to be great in their own eyes and in the eyes of everyone around them. That is why they use “smooth and flattering speech” to deceive others.
Paul wants us to always be aware of these sorts of people around us. We are to be diligent in sticking close to absolutely everything God has taught us in His proven word. If we are not diligent about how others want to deceive us, we will surely be taken in by their deceitfulness.
When Paul says they cause dissensions, he means they claim things contrary to God’s word. They will blatantly claim the Bible is not true. They will deny that Jesus is God — that He saves us from all our sins — that Jesus is our righteousness. They will even deny the seriousness of sin. All of those kinds of claims have eroded the church.
For example, in the news is the reinstatement of homosexual pastors. This particular church used to have a ruling that a homosexual person could be a pastor only if he remained inactive. But now, it was decided that a person in an active homosexual relationship could be a pastor. All of this is contrary to God’s word and it is being forced on the people through the church leadership. But, Paul warns us to “turn away from them” because they are teaching “contrary to the teaching which you learned.”
Those who fear and trust the Lord are turning away from them. But, others just sigh and claim there is nothing they can do, so they just go with the flow. Truth be said, they can leave. They can turn away and follow Christ only. Jesus warned us that we would have to face tribulation in this world. This is a part of the tribulation.
Will we remain true to the Lord God Almighty, our Savior — or will we cave in to the world and deny our Savior? We need to seriously consider what Jesus says in Matthew 10:33,
Whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
Standing strongly for the truth is vital. Our eternal life depends on it. Jesus has promised to be with us always, so we can lean on Him for the strength we need to remain in the truth.
Sticking close to Christ, we have freedom, peace, and joy. Then we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, being with You in the truths of Your word is more wonderful than any words can describe. Abide in us and let us always abide in You.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.