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Avoid Wrong Associations by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Avoid Wrong Associations by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them
which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have
learned; and avoid them (Romans
16:17).

The scripture above admonishes us to mark
and avoid those who cause divisions and
offences contrary to the doctrine of Christ.
You’ve been taught the love of Christ; you’ve been
indoctrinated with the Word of God in a certain
direction; continue in the Word. Mark and avoid those
who live contrary to the truth of the Gospel; the truth
that you’ve been taught. This is God’s instruction. It’s
the same warning He gave through the Apostle Paul to
the Philippian church; he said, “Beware of dogs, beware
of evil workers, beware of the concision” (Philippians
3:2).

Now, this admonition is primarily for us to stay
away from those in the church who don’t follow the
truth, who cause dissension and strife. When you see a
sign in a building that says, “Beware of dogs,” the sign
isn’t telling you about the dogs outside that building,
but the ones inside that particular house. So, when
the Apostle Paul said, “Beware of dogs; beware of evil
workers; beware of the concision,” he was referring to
mischief makers in the Church.

These could be people in the same local church,
same cell group, same estate, neighbourhood, office,
etc., and they’re Christians. He wouldn’t warn you
about them if He didn’t think your association with them would be inimical to your Christian walk. Many
have found themselves in serious trouble for
fraternizing with the wrong people. The Lord’s
admonition is clear: you’re to “mark” and “avoid”
mischief makers, not try to change them. Don’t keep
company with people who deliberately don’t walk in
love, people who engender disunity in the Church;
divisive elements who mislead others.

People get messed up when they get involved
with a messed up person. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says,
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good
manners.” If you’ve had, or have friends with whom
you’re not experiencing any meaningful spiritual
progress, or whose friendship hinders your
effectiveness in the Gospel, it’s high time you gave up
such friendships. Don’t negotiate; just end it, so your
participation in the faith—your Christian life—would be
effectual as it should be. Glory to God!

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you, for your Word is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness. Through the Word, I’m
trained and cultured in the godly life and ways of
doing things. I’m filled with thoughts of
righteousness, and walk in the path of righteousness,
which you prearranged for me, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Romans 16:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:2-5 AMPC

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 3:1-38 & Deuteronomy 16-17

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 24:23-33 & Exodus 29
 


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