“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (v. 16). – Romans 6:16-19 Paul clearly teaches that we can obey God only if we are under grace.
“All Scripture is . . . profitable for . . . reproof” (2 Tim. 3:16). People who aren’t interested in holy living will avoid being exposed to sound doctrine. Paul instructed Timothy to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Tim. 4:2).
On more than one occasion, I have heard people say that they are Christians or they love Jesus, but they have no use for the local church. When probing further into their meaning, their aversion to church is often tied to a specific denomination, pastor, or church that left them feeling dissatisfied or discontented. Others