LEARN FROM THE SCRIPTURES
17I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
16:17-20 When we read books or listen to sermons, we should check the content of what is written or said so that we won’t be fooled by smooth talk and glowing words. Christians who study God’s Word, asking him to reveal the truth, will not be fooled, even though superficial listeners may easily be taken in. For an example of believers who carefully checked God’s Word, see Acts 17:10-12.
Paul is urging us here to search the scriptures as we are being taught the word, don’t just take someones word for what the Gospel says because they have been going to church for a number of years or any other reason they may give for being learned. Some peoples motives are not in line with the word. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS searching the scriptures to make sure what you learned is in line with what it says
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