I once had a pastor who was having trouble with one of his deacons. He came to my house one day and wanted me to come to a meeting and take sides against the deacon. I told the pastor I could not do that because I didn’t have any problem with the deacon. The pastor became v … More
A person who is a heretic is one who makes a choice to be divisive. He goes from person to person in the church forcing people to make a choice. Bottom line it is usually, “Are you for me or are you for the pastor?” Paul tells Titus that such a person is to be admonished at least twice and then rejected.
Often when a church member goes around trying to get a following he will eventually get angry and leave the church. Eventually if he comes back and shows a repentant attitude, receive him back. If he repeats this behavior (and they often do), receive him back the second time. But, Paul says, if he does it a third time, do not receive him back into the fellowship of the church (vv. 10-11). Such a person because of the hardness of his heart has revealed his unbelief and stands self-condemned.
Paul’s instruction here is similar to the Lord’s instructions in Matthew 18:15-17, when He taught that often giving an offender three chances to repent, he is then to be cut off. If more churches today would follow this principle, we would have fewer who cause problems in various churches.
Whenever someone tries to get me to take sides against someone else on a certain issue I need to encourage them to follow the principal found in Matthew 18?
As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
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Titus 1:1-5Paul Gives His Purpose For Living
Titus 1:6-9Qualifications Of a Christian Leader
Titus 1:10-11Don’t Pretend to Be Something You Are Not
Titus 1:12-14False Doctrine Will Spread Rapidly
Titus 1:15-15Nothing is Pure For an Unbeliever
Titus 1:16-16Profession Does Not Mean Possession
Titus 2:1-2Salvation Must be Built on Sound Doctrine
Titus 2:3-5Instructions For Women
Titus 2:6-8Young Men Are to Be Good Examples
Titus 2:9-10Common Sins of Christian Employees
Titus 2:11-12Only by God’s Grace Can we Live The Christian Life
Titus 2:13-13Are You Anticipating The Lord’s Return?
Titus 2:14-15Made a New Creation in Christ Jesus
Titus 3:1-3Doing Helpful Things
Titus 3:4-7The Basis For Our Salvation
Titus 3:8-8How to Show That You Are a Christian
Titus 3:9-9Stop Fighting Other Christians
Titus 3:10-11How to Treat a Divisive Person
Titus 3:12-13God Has The Right Person at The Right Time
Titus 3:14-15How to be Productive For The Lord