Apostasy, Church Discipline, Discernment

(Collected Scriptures)

How do we read this?

1 John 5:16-17 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.”


Discernment, Testing the spirits

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: / You know thatyou were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. / Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.”

1 John 4:1-6 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. / By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, / and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. / You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. / They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. / We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”


When the righteous stray

Ps 119:176 “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.”

Proverbs 12:13 “The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”


Church discipline: restoring a brother and how to treat an apostate

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Matt 18:15–20 “Moreover if your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. / But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ / And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. / “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. / “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. / For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Luke 17:1–4 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! / It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. / Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. / And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

1 Cor 5:1–5 “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! / And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. / For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. / In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, / deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

Gal 6:1-2 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. / Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Jude 22–23 “And on some have compassion, making a distinction; / but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.”

2 John 9–11 “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”

James 5:19–20 “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, / let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”


The unpardonable sin

Mark 3:20–30 “Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” / So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? / If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. / And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. / And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. / No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. / “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; / but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” / because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

(See also Matt. 12:24–32 and Luke 11:17–23)


Apostasy

1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.”

Heb 6:1–9 “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, / of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. / And this we will do if God permits. / For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, / and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, / if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. / For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; / but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. / But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.”

Heb. 10:26–39 “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, / but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. / Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. / Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? / For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” / It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. / But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: / partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; / for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. / Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. / For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: / “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. / Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” / But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”

2 Pet 2:1–3 “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. / And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. / By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

2 Pet 2:19–22 “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. / For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. / For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. / But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Prov 29:1 “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

Proverbs 21:16 “The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead”

Romans 1:28 “as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind.”

Luke 14:34-35 “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Psalm 36:3 “The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.”

Psalms 36:12 “There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.”

Proverbs 19:27 “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to err from the words of knowledge.”

Proverbs 25:26 “A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.”

Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith (how) shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”  

“Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.” (Mark 9:50)

Proverbs 17:20 “He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, / And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.”

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