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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.

An elderly man came into the church worship service.
He was unkempt, and smelled of alcohol.
He came 3 weeks in a row.

The third week, he came down the aisle, crying, and
asking the pastor to help him be saved.

After the service, one deacon told the pastor,
"He needs to CLEAN UP his life before he can be saved."

The pastor said, "Friend, we cannot clean up our
lives by ourselves. We must first surrender to Christ,
THEN HE will clean up our lives."

Let us realize that salvation is BY God's GRACE, and
THROUGH the FAITH He gives us!

Good works cannot save us!
Good works are a PRODUCT of being saved!

BEFORE salvation we are spiritually dead to the love and
works of Christ.

AFTER we surrender to Christ, we are CLEANSED,

THIS is the "doctrine" of which Paul spoke above.

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!!

True Christians are like FISHERMEN!
And the rule is this:

You CATCH 'em;
Jesus will CLEAN 'em!!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce