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Be Reconciled:

Matthew 5:24–25 (NASB95) — 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25 “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

Romans 12:18 (NASB95) — 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.


Confront Sin When Necessary:

Matthew 18:15–20 (NASB95) — 15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 “But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. 17 “If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. 19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”


Turn a Brother From His Sin:

Galatians 6:1 (NASB95) — 1 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

James 5:19–20 (NASB95) — 19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.


Do not Wrangle with Foolish People

Proverbs 26:4 (NASB95) — 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.

Proverbs 29:9 (NASB95) — 9 When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

Matthew 7:6 (NASB95) — 6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Proverbs 17:14 (NASB95) — 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

2 Timothy 2:16–18 (NASB95) — 16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.

Proverbs 12:15 (NASB95) — 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.


Remove Factious People Quickly:

Titus 3:10 (NASB95) — 10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,

Avoid Dissentious People:

2 Thessalonians 3:14 (NASB95) — 14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 (NASB95) — 6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.


Do Not Give False Teachers a Platform:

1 Timothy 1:3–4 (NASB95) — 3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.


Some False Teachers Are To Be Accursed:

Galatians 1:9 (NASB95) — 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

1 Corinthians 5:5 (NASB95) — 5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Bring Charges against Elders with at least two witnesses, Publically Rebuke Those Found Guilty

1 Timothy 5:19–20 (NASB95) — 19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. 20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.

Do Not Receive or Associate With A Person Who Needs /Or is Under Discipline:

1 Corinthians 5:11 (NASB95) — 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

2 John 9–10 (NASB95) — 9 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. 10 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;

Be on Your Guard:

Philippians 3:2 (NASB95) — 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;

Ephesians 5:6 (NASB95) — 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Colossians 2:8 (NASB95) — 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

Colossians 2:18–23 (NASB95) — 18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God. 20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

Be Careful of Arguing with Fools:

Proverbs 14:7 (NASB95) — 7 Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

Proverbs 17:10 (NASB95) — 10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.

Proverbs 18:2 (NASB95) — 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

Proverbs 20:3 (NASB95) — 3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

Proverbs 26:4 (NASB95) — 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.

Proverbs 26:5 (NASB95) — 5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 27:3 (NASB95) — 3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

Proverbs 27:22 (NASB95) — 22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

Proverbs 28:26 (NASB95) — 26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

Proverbs 29:11 (NASB95) — 11 A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.

Ecclesiastes 10:3 (NASB95) — 3 Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.

Ecclesiastes 10:13 (NASB95) — 13 the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.

Ecclesiastes 10:14 (NASB95) — 14 Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?

Ecclesiastes 10:15 (NASB95) — 15 The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.

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