Once a known alcoholic came into the church.
He came several weeks in a row.
Several people had visited him and talked to him about being saved.

Then, one Sunday morning, he went down the aisle to surrender
his life to Jesus!

That afternoon, the pastor was approached by two men of the
They said, "That man needs to clean up his life first!"

To which the pastor simply quoted Scripture,
"For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that NOT of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God:
not of works, lest any man should boast."
(Eph. 2:8-9)

Then he said, "My friends, we can never clean up our lives
sufficient for God!
The only thing we can do is surrender to Christ, and then let
HIM clean up our lives!"

That pretty much ended the discussion!

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.

Light from the Word.

In Rome, there were many orthodox Jews.
Probably this section refers to them.
They would accept the Christians ONLY if they went by the rituals
and rites of Moses.
This caused dissension in the churches.

It's like saying you can be saved by grace, but you must have
My friends, salvation is BY grace THROUGH faith....ALONE!!

Works are a product of the salvation!

Before salvation we are spiritually dead to the love and works
of Christ.
But when people surrender their lives to Christ, Godís Holy Spirit
then begins to change the life from the inside out.

THIS is the "doctrine" of which Paul speaks.

There is no work, nor payment which God accepts for our salvation
other than surrender to Jesus as Lord!!

Those who cause "divisions and offences contrary" to this doctrine
need to be AVOIDED!!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce