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What Does The Bible Say About Shunning?

The principle of loving and forgiving all others, even those who are still intentionally and flagrantly behaving in an evil manner (while most-likely denying that they are doing any evil - the very definition of self-righteousness), is an integral part of genuine Christian Living.

"5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you [see also How To Answer A Fool], do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:43-44 KJV)

"11:25 And when ye stand praying [see How To Pray], forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:25-26 KJV)

"Mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them"

But does loving and forgiving all others necessarily mean that we must love and forgive them in person? Must we have contact or communication with those who have yet to repent of their anti-Christian behavior, while they are abusing themselves, and everyone else who permits them, in their self-righteous arrogance that they call "Christian"?

The Word of God not only says that His people are to avoid those who still wantonly and self-righteously do evil (e.g. "30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness" Proverbs 30:20 KJV), but that the repentant must avoid those who do such evil - not because those who strive for repentance choose to shun them, but because the unrepentant person chooses to not stop doing evil.

The Holy Scriptures By God's Word, shunning is not to be malicious or pointless avoidance (although some "churches" have spitefully and sinfully used it that way - which proves them to not be the true Church of God, which means people of God; see What Is The Church?). Shunning is a righteous encouragement to repentance. Biblically, being "shunned" is the free choice of the one being shunned because they haven't yet chosen to repent (see also The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).

Shunning is not meant to be permanent. Just as the Word of God commands the repentant to shun the unrepentant, particularly those who claim to be Christian, so too does the Word of God command that when the promiscuous evil genuinely stops, so must the shunning. Until then, the repentant must not "strengthen the hands of evildoers" by providing themselves and their facility as the means for the unrepentant to continue to be morally and doctrinally caustic and venomous to others, so "that none doth return from his wickedness" (Jeremiah 23:14 KJV).

"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. 3:15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother." (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 KJV)

"6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)

People who claim to be Christian while living a flagrant immoral lifestyle are to be avoided, not only to encourage them to repent, but so that the righteous are not themselves publicly viewed as immoral too - or even lured back into gutter behavior themselves.

"5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat." (1 Corinthians 5:11 KJV)

Those who claim to be Christian while promoting anti-Biblical teachings are antichrist. Christ's true people are to avoid anti-Christians, otherwise they will be regarded, by the LORD, as anti-Christian themselves i.e. "For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

"1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." (2 John 1:7-11 KJV)

There are many who preach out of petty worldly ambition (see Happy Landings), seeking a deceived "following" for themselves, or for some favorite doctrine that they have come to idolize, so that they may "lead" - while arrogantly ignoring the Biblical command that Jesus Christ is our only Leader i.e. "Christ is the head of the church" (Ephesians 5:23 KJV).

Very often, this is done by causing "divisions and offences" within an existing group, verbally demeaning, abusing and bullying people to agree with the Satanic aggressor (e.g. see Diotrephes And The Other Antichrists). Such people are predators, seeking to devour those that can be driven astray by some contrived "new" teaching (i.e. "contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned" from the Holy Bible, not from any man) or by slander and accusations against a particular shepherd (some poor sinner who is struggling just as hard to overcome as everyone else, perhaps even more because Satan's first shot is usually at the shepherd; see Concupiscence). "Satan" means accuser. When you hear or read someone's accusations and slander, you are hearing or reading the words of Satan himself.

"16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." (Romans 16:17-18 KJV)

"3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you" (2 Thessalonians 3:6-7 KJV)

It was that very "some other way" that the Messiah Himself warned about (see Firing The Founder).

"10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." (John 10:1 KJV)

If you claim to be a Christian while seeking only to please the lusts of yourself (see also Lethal Lust), pray for repentance (see How To Pray), and then repent - stop allowing Satan to abuse you (see Is He Out Of Your Mind?), while you abuse others with your vile words and behavior. Free yourself of Satan by genuine obedience to God's Word (see The Cure For The Carnal Mind and Holy Bible Reading Plan). The people of God look forward to welcoming you as a brother or sister of Christ.

"4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?" (James 4:7-12 KJV)

If you are a repentant Christian, don't allow yourself to be abused, bullied or misled by some false Christian who defiles Christ's Name by using it as a label for their unrepentant, un-Christian behavior (see Toy Bibles). Don't let their darkness put out your Light.

"3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." (Revelation 3:11 KJV)

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