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Such Men Are Slaves

August 3, 2018


Such Men Are Slaves

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   was an article  about the reinstatement  of homosexual pastors.     That particular church  used to have a ruling  that a homosexual person  could be a pastor  only if he remained inactive.     But then  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!     My Lord,  being with You  in the truths  of Your word  is more wonderful  than any words can describe.     Abide in me  and let me always abide  in You.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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.
Philippians 3:12






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