People to Stay Away From….

Did you know there are some people who you should never be around? Don’t befriend them, don’t share a meal with them, don’t even waste time praying for them. Have absolutely nothing to do with them.

Sounds harsh? It is not–it is wisdom.

Who are these godforsaken people?

They integrate well into society, so they do not stand out like a sore thumb. They don’t have horns and a pitchfork. They don’t even appear to be an enemy; in fact, many are charismatic. Physically identifying them is never easy because their form may change from one person to the next; however, there is a consistent form that they always maintain.

They have a form of godliness

What is a form of godliness?  Let’s allow scripture to answer this question.

2 Timothy 3:2-5 (GW)
2 People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy,
3 and lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good.
4 They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God.

Friends, this is describing church folk–not the world. How did I arrive at that conclusion? Verse 5: “They will appear to have a godly life.” The world does not pretend to live godly.

So why do these people pretend by appearing to have a godly life?

Again, I’ll let scripture answer this question.

2 Timothy 3:6 (GW)
6 Some of these men go into homes and mislead weak-minded women who are burdened with sins and led by all kinds of desires.

Their goal is to mislead.

And where will they lead you? Into UNTRUTH.

Why? Again, let’s consult scripture….

2 Timothy 3:7 (GW)
7 These women are always studying but are never able to recognize the truth. Note: They are seeking the truth.

2 Timothy 3:8 (GW)
8 but these men oppose the truth. Their minds are corrupt, and the faith they teach is counterfeit.

Now, do you understand why having nothing to do with them is not harsh? If not, let me give a final warning:

2 Timothy 3:13 (GW)
13 But evil people and phony preachers will go from bad to worse as they mislead people and are themselves misled.

They are evil and will lead you into evil. They actually know the truth, but they deny it and will not let truth’s power change them. They are well aware of what they are doing–this is an intentional defiance to God who is loving. Their minds are corrupt and being around them will corrupt your mind.

Have NOTHING to do with them.

 

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