We have seen much of what the Word says about OneAnother.
What do we do if a brother...we or someone else...does not walk as he should?
How do we help?
Do we have responsibilities?
The Lord says much about this.
Consider the following passage.
Read the different translations.
They each bring a a nuance of understanding.
10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,
11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.
10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,
11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
10 Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning,
11 knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned.
10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11 knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. AUTHORIZED
We will look at the context later.
We will look at related cross-references later.
For now, note the foundational truths.
If someone is factious…
If someone stirs up division…
If someone is a divisive person…
If someone is a heretick…
We are commanded to reject them...we learn later how.
We are instructed to have nothing to do with them.
We see that we are to give warning of such, at least two warnings.
The purpose of warning is for the well-being of the person...to cause them to cease.
Such a person who claims to be a Believer/Religious (based upon the context of Titus) and yet refuses to repent (after warnings) is stated to be perverted, warped, a sinner, self-condemned.
Again, we will see much more.
We do have a role in determining what is happening.
We do have a responsibility to act.
We cannot just say “oh, that is just the way they are…” or some other cute colloquialism to explain away sin and divisiveness.
How different the Body of Christ would be if we simply obeyed the Word of the Lord rather than the thoughts of man.