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Reject a Factious Man After a First and Second Warning

September 25, 2014

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Reject  a Factious Man  After a First  and Second Warning

We meet  “factious” people  in all sorts  of situations  —  even in the church.     They are those  who are always trying  to split  a group up  with various arguments.     When the group  is a church,  they will try  to change  the doctrines  of the church  —  or be argumentative  about some other decision  the church is making.     When the differences  are about doctrines,  the dissenter could be a follower  of a false doctrine.

Even the early church  faced problems  with “factious” people.     So,  Paul wrote  in Titus 3:9-11,

But avoid  foolish controversies  and genealogies  and strife  and disputes  about the Law,  for they are unprofitable  and worthless.    

Reject  a factious man  after a first  and second warning,  knowing that such a man  is perverted  and is sinning,  being self-condemned.

Throughout the New Testament  we learn Jesus’  teachings,  both through quotes  of our Savior’s words,  and through  the in-depth teachings  of Jesus’ followers.     As Jesus  was preaching,  there were many Pharisees and Sadducees  who would try  to start “foolish controversies”   “and strife  and disputes about the Law.”     Jesus always showed them  how they were wrong  and misinterpreting the Scriptures  because of their  lack of understanding.     In Mark 12:24,  He told them,

“Is this not  the reason  you are mistaken,  that you do not understand  the Scriptures  or the power  of God?”

Jesus was exactly right.     The religious leaders  of that day  did “not understand the Scriptures”  because  they were bent  on only following  the false teachings  of men  instead of following the clear word  of God.     In other words,  they wanted  to be politically correct  —  i.e.  popular.     When Jesus said  they did not understand  “the power  of God”,  He was pointing  to their utter unbelief.     Looking like they were religious  gave them status  in the eyes  of the people,  so they worked hard  at appearing religious  —  even though they did not  have faith  in God.

This lack of understanding  and faith  is what made them  “factious”  with the truths  of God.     The same holds true today.     Therefore,  when people try to start  “foolish controversies  and genealogies  and strife  and disputes  about the Law”,  we are  to point out the truths  of God’s word  —  giving them a couple warnings  —  and if they continue  to be  “factious”  we are to  “reject a factious man”.     We just need  to make sure  we ourselves  are rightly abiding in God’s truths.

2 John, verses 9-11  teaches,

Anyone  who goes too far  and does not abide  in the teaching  of Christ,  does not have God;  the one who abides  in the teaching,  he has both the Father  and the Son.    

If anyone comes  to you  and does not bring  this teaching,  do not receive him  into your house,  and do not give him  a greeting;  for the one who gives him  a greeting  participates  in his evil deeds.

These words  are for our protection,  so we keep them  in our hearts  and minds,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for giving us  Your eternal word  and for abiding  in our hearts.”

Love,
Margaret

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