17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
note — not excommunication, but dissociation
avoid — refuse to serve
own belly — own base interest
smooth = insinuating
flattering — with the appearance of reasonableness
simple — not expecting evil. Safety lies in knowledge of, and adherence to the Word of God.
divisions — arguments over doctrine
offenses — stumbling blocks
Don’t argue — avoid.
If possible, seek unity and truth. If that’s not possible, hold to truth.
2 Thessalonians 3:14 — And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
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