Beware The Bits and Pieces

How does one live in the spirit holistically? How do we avoid taking one little part of the gospel and making it the whole thing?

The apostle Paul recognized the problem as he closed his letter to the Roman church. He was like the TV detective who is about to leave the room after questioning a suspect and turns back and says, “Oh, and one more thing.” This being the question that gets to the heart of the criminal mind.

Paul says, “One more word of counsel, friends. Keep a sharp eye out for those who take bits and pieces of the teaching that you learned and then use them to make trouble… They are only in this for what they can get out of it, and aren’t above using pious sweet talk to dupe unsuspecting innocents.”

I wish that many who have read this letter and taken life sentences from it would have read the letter all the way to the end.

We can only understand parts by relating them to the whole. And also to the first principles of Jesus’ teaching—change your life and love one another.

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