Romans 16:17-20

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The Dangers of False Teaching and Unsound Doctrine

Romans 16:17-20

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Lesson Number 49

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. False teachers and their followers cause divisions.
  2. False teachers and their followers produce offenses.
  3. False teachers and their followers serve themselves.
  4. False teachers and their followers deceive the simple.

Practical Application

  1. Ignorance is bliss.
  2. Satan is no match for your obedient feet.


  1. In this section, Paul writes about two warnings. What are they?
  2. To whom was Paul referring in these warnings?
  3. Give an example of a false teacher who produces offenses.
  4. How does a false teacher serve himself?
  5. How do false teachers deceive the simple?


  1. The dangers of false teaching and the effects of unsound doctrine.
  2. Probably to the Judaizers, the legalists of that day.
  3. Someone who teaches theistic evolution.
  4. He makes wealth his God by preaching the "prosperity" gospel, that all should be rich (quite contrary to the way Jesus lived).
  5. By using smooth words and deceitful speech. They make false teaching look good.


  1. We are warned to beware of false teachers. How can we discern false teachers? Give an example of a false teacher.
  2. What does it mean, "ignorance is bliss?"


  1. Are you in despair; are you demoralized or discouraged? If Satan has you defeated spiritually, check it out. Are you being obedient to God's word?

Key Verses

  • "Note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them." Romans 16:17
  • "Your obedience has become known to all. Be wise in what is good and simple concerning evil." Romans 16:19
  • "The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." Romans 16:20

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