Does the Bible tell us to stay away from certain people?
There is a pretty obvious divide these days, one side claiming the grace of God allows believers to curse, drink, party, sleep around and “walk out your journey with no judgment,” while the other side interprets these actions as the fruit of someone who is dangerously close to not truly knowing God.
A major debate surrounds relationships with friends who claim to be believers. While one side adamantly states separating yourself from others is legalist, prideful, and appalling the other side see separation from certain people as a biblical instruction.
What does the Bible have to say about this polarizing topic?? What kind of people should we as believers stay away from?
Below are a few scripture that actually instruct us to stay away from people who claim to be Christians by aren’t walking the walk.
2 Thessalonians 3:14–15 NLT
Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. Don’t think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister.
- Those who are rebellious toward authority.
2 Timothy 3:3–5
3 Understand that the last days will be dangerous times. 2 People will be selfish and love money. They will be the kind of people who brag and who are proud. They will slander others, and they will be disobedient to their parents. They will be ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, contrary, and critical. They will be without self-control and brutal, and they won’t love what is good. 4 They will be people who are disloyal, reckless, and conceited. They will love pleasure instead of loving God. 5 They will look like they are religious but deny God’s power. Avoid people like this.
- People who look religious but deny God’s power.
1 Corinthians 5:9–13
9When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.12It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
- People who claim to be Christians but are still involved in sexual sin, greed, idol worship, are abusive, or are drunkards, or cheat people.
Very interesting what verses 12 and 13 state:
12It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
One of the BIGGEST catch phrases of this generation is, “don’t judge me.” Another common phrase is, “it’s not our job to judge others.” While these phrases seem true they are really a subtle trap of the enemy! We should desire accountability from our brothers and sisters in the Lord to help us stay on track.
Notice that it’s OUR responsibility this says inside the church. Of course we take a different approach to the lost. But I’m concerned with the church! The body of Christ rejecting treatment for the disease of sin and compromise stating that isn’t not our job to diagnosis others! If you have cancer in your arm and don’t treat it what happens? It’s spreads! You don’t say well the mouth should say to the arm you need treatment.
That is why Paul instructs the CHURCH to remove the evil! It is for the purpose of the church staying healthy and strong.
My prayer: Lord help us to have the courage to follow your Word even when we disagree. And Lord please raise up men and women of God who will teach the WHOLE truth of your word! Break off confusion!