How should the church deal with a factious man?

Q. How should the church deal with the trouble maker? Some want to “ignore the problem” and hope that it will go away. Some point to Titus 3:10-11 and say that we must deal with him face to face. What is the best way to approach a “factious man.” ?

Titus 3:10-11
10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,
11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.

First we must define our terms. The Greek Word for “factious” is airetikov “hairetikos”. It means one who is divisive, or one who teaches false doctrine. A factious man is a promoter of strife, a sower of discord among brethren. They often are blind to their own faults while magnifying the faults of others, usually those in the leadership of a congregation.

We are to “Reject” a factious man after a first and second warning. This would require the church to “face” the problem and deal with the issue. Factious people do not go away. They must be confronted. They MUST be confronted for the following reasons:

A factious man is PERVERTED. The Greek Word here means “twisted.” The factious man is “twisted” in his thinking. It is therefore IMPOSSIBLE to engage in meaningful dialogue with him. Have you ever tried to reason with a drunk? A drunk is Perverted in his thinking. Reason, logic, and sound thinking are not possible when someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That’s why we are told to “WARN” the factious man (not necessarily to have dialogue with him). This is one individual that MUST be confronted directly with his sin. If he repents……Wonderful! But don’t hold your breath.

A factious man is SINNING. The Psalmist wrote that it is good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity (Ps. 133:1). It would be wonderful if it were possible to dwell together in unity with everyone in the church, but it is not possible with the factious man. The reason is he is SINNING and he does not even see it, or admit to it. He is causing division in the body. He is condemned by numerous passages (Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 12:12,25).

A factious man is “self-condemned.” His own conduct condemns him and his guilt is obvious to all (in time) EXCEPT himself and those who are blinded by his influence. Some will make the mistake of assuming that just because someone is zealous about something they MUST be right because others SEEM to be apathetic. A factious man will do ANYTHING to accomplish his purpose.

James 3:14-18
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.
15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Those in the church who are perverted and sinning need to repent. Period. End of discussion.

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