Titus 3 verses 10 and 11
10 Reject a divisive person after one or two warnings.
11 You know that such a person is twisted by sin and is conscious of it himself.
Context: In the previous verses, Paul instructs Titus to insist on faithful teaching and avoid useless discussions. Paul now tells Titus of certain persons to reject.
Reject a divisive person –
- par-ai-té-om-ai this Greek word means to beg-off, decline, or shun.
- Webster defines beg-off as, to ask to be excused from something. In this case, beg off means to be excused from being in the presence of a divisive person.
- NIV and many other English versions say, “….have nothing to do with them.” This translation is closer to the meaning of the word “shun”.
- hai-ret-i-kós means a schismatic.
- English word is, heretic, and comes from this Greek word.
- Webster defines heretic as someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs.
- Webster defines a schismatic as one who creates or takes part in schism which is a division among the members of a group that occurs because they disagree on something.
- Most people, in our passive culture, will not reject a heretic because they say it is not loving, yet explain how this passivity can actually be unloving toward that person and others who that person could influence with their false doctrine?
after one or two warnings-
- Meaning the person should only be rejected after a warning or two. Their should be a time for discussion.
- nou-thes-í-a means calling attention to, i.e. (by implication) mild rebuke or warning.
- Calling attention to reminds me of raising a red flag.
- Why is it good to have a firm yet loving discussion with the schismatic before rejecting takes place?
See other passages below dealing with similar situations.
- When someone sins against you.
- Mathew 18
15 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector.
- When someone is living a sinful lifestyle
- 1 Corinthians 5
1 It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, the kind of immorality that is not permitted even among the Gentiles, so that someone is cohabiting with his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you have been deeply sorrowful instead and removed the one who did this from among you? 3 For even though I am absent physically, I am present in spirit. And I have already judged the one who did this, just as though I were present. 4 When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
- Dealing with someone taking advantage of others due to an undisciplined life.
- 2 Thessalonians 3
10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this command: “If anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat.” 11 For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others. 12 Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat. 13 But you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing what is right. 14 But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note of him and do not associate closely with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
- Dealing with the sin of an Elders
- 1 Timothy 5
19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20 Those guilty of sin must be rebuked before all, as a warning to the rest. 21 Before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, I solemnly charge you to carry out these commands without prejudice or favoritism of any kind.
You know that such a person is twisted by sin and is conscious of it himself –
- ek-stréph-ō means to pervert.
- Webster defines the word pervert as to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right.
B) by sin
- ham-ar-tán-ō means to miss the mark i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin.
- There are two possible interpretations as to why the person is being divisive due to being “twisted by sin.”
- 1. The person has fleshy-sin in their life, and he/she is trying to cover up the sin by putting forth false teachings.
- 2. “Twisted by Sin” here is not talking about missing the mark with a fleshly lust, but it means sowing discord by propagating false teachings.
- Can you think of a doctrine in some churches that was created to cover up fleshy-sins?
- Can you think of false doctrine that was propagated in the church without being motivated by fleshly lust?
C) and is conscience of it himself
- au-tok-at-ák-ri-tos mean self-condemned.
- They are conscience of their error themselves because…
- a) they had one or two warnings by a loving brother or sister or Elder,
- b) they were under good doctrinal teachings in the past,
- c) their inner voice knows there is something wrong with what they are teaching.
- Have you ever defended yourself in something you did wrong, but knew deep down that you were in error?
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Do We Love Them Enough to Raise a Red Flag?
If a person is causing division with false teachings, the loving thing to do is to confront them and reject them if they will not repent. I know this seems harsh, but if you ignore the false teaching, then their soul and the souls of others could suffer eternally. By confronting and rejecting, you are gaining their attention and protecting others. This is truly loving. Ignoring the situation is not loving.
Now, be sure to first warn them. Raise a red flag that their doctrine is harmful to their soul. This firm and loving discussion could last in their memory for years to come, and it can be used by My Spirit to convict them. They know deep down inside that they are wrong, but the sin has twisted their thinking.
Rejecting them may be what they need to overcome sin and pride, and their soul may be saved in the future.