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Church Discipline (Part 10) - Sins that Merit Church Discipline - 2Ti 3:1-5

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G. 2Ti 3:1-5
i. The sinners in 2Ti 3:1-5 are to be turned away from (2Ti 3:5).
ii. As we draw toward the end of time, such sinners will become more commonplace (2Ti 3:1).
iii. Lover of self - (2Ti 3:2) - See proud (Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,C)
iv. Covetous adj. (2Ti 3:2) - (see 1Co 5:11 - Section VII,1,A)
v. Boaster n. (2Ti 3:2) - (see Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,E)
vi. Proud adj. (2Ti 3:2) - (see Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,E)
vii. Blasphemer n. (2Ti 3:2) - One who blasphemes.
a. Blaspheme v. - 1. intr. To utter profane or impious words, talk profanely. 2. trans. To speak irreverently of, utter impiety against (God or anything sacred.)
b. Under the law of Moses the punishment for blasphemy was death (Lev 24:16).
c. Under the NT the punishment for blasphemy is death to fellowship in the church.
d. Paul delivered blasphemers to Satan for the destruction of the flesh (1Ti 1:20).
e. Those that are commonly known to have blasphemed will be put out of the church.
viii. Disobedient to parents (2Ti 3:2) - (see Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,E)
ix. Unthankful adj. (2Ti 3:2) - 1. Not earning thanks or gratitude; unacceptable, unappreciated, thankless; disagreeable. 2. Not rendering thanks; not feeling or exhibiting gratitude.
a. Gratitude - 1. The quality or condition of being grateful; a warm sense of appreciation of kindness received, involving a feeling of goodwill towards the benefactor and a desire to do something in return; gratefulness.
b. Unthankfulness is the beginning of a moral downfall (Rom 1:21).
c. Christians must be thankful people (Col 3:15).
d. When anyone does anything for us, especially when it was not deserved or earned, we should thank them.
e. Examples would be:
(i) having you over for dinner.
(ii) paying for your meal.
(iii) doing you a favor.
(iv) giving you a gift.
f. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Mat 12:34); therefore, the person that doesn't thank someone isn't thankful in their heart.
g. Parents, teach your children to be thankful and to say "thank you."
h. A man doesn't have to thank someone for doing their job (Luk 17:9), nor does an employee have to thank the employer for his paycheck because it was earned.
i. Those that are commonly known to be unthankful will be put out of the church.
x. Unholy adj. (2Ti 3:2) - 1. Not holy; impious, profane, wicked: a. Of persons.
a. See wickedness (Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,E), uncleanness (Gal 5:19-21 - Section VII,1,C), and filthiness (Eph 5:3-5 - Section VII,1,D).
b. Those that are commonly known to be unholy will be put out of the church.
xi. Without natural affection (2Ti 3:3) - (see Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,E)
xii. Trucebreakers n. (2Ti 3:3) -
a. A trucebreaker is one who breaks a truce.
b. Truce n. - 1. a. A suspension of hostilities for a specified period between armies at war (formerly also between combatants in a private feud or quarrel); a temporary peace or cessation from arms; an armistice; also, an agreement or treaty effecting this.
c. After having been hostile toward each other and subsequently making peace and forming a truce, if one of the parties of the truce resumes hostilities he is guilty of trucebreaking and will therefore be put out of the church if it is commonly known.
xiii. False accuser n. (2Ti 3:3)
a. Accuser n. - One who accuses or blames; esp. one who accuses or prosecutes in a court of justice
b. Accuse v. - 1. To charge with a fault; to find fault with, blame, censure.
c. The wicked falsely accuse the righteous (Luk 23:2 c/w 14; 1Pe 3:16).
d. They lay wait to find something that they can accuse them of (Luk 11:54).
e. False accusation is satanic (Rev 12:10).
f. If a brother charges another brother with a fault, and after an investigation it is found that the charge was false, the false accuser will be put out of church if it is commonly known.
xiv. Incontinent adj. (2Ti 3:3) - 1. Not continent; wanting in self-restraint: chiefly with reference to sexual appetite.
a. Incontinence is very similar to lasciviousness (see Gal 5:19-21 - Section VII,1,C).
b. Sexual self-restraint is not required between husband and wife within marriage (Pro 5:19; Heb 13:4).
c. Those who are unmarried must restrain their sexual appetite until after marriage: see fornication (1Co 5:11 - Section VII,1,A).
d. Those who are commonly known to be incontinent will be put out of the church.
xv. Fierce adj. (2Ti 3:3) - 1. Of formidably violent and intractable temper, like a wild beast; vehement and merciless in anger or hostility.
a. Fierceness is akin to wrath (see Gal 5:19-21 - Section VII,1,C).
b. Fierce anger is a cursed thing (Gen 49:5-7).
c. The wicked are fierce (Luk 23:5).
d. Those who are commonly known to have a violent temper or vehement anger will be put out of the church.
xvi. Despisers of those that are good (2Ti 3:3) - see despiteful (Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,E)
xvii. Traitor n. (2Ti 3:4) - 1. One who betrays any person that trusts him, or any duty entrusted to him; a betrayer. In early use often, and still traditionally, applied to Judas Iscariot.
a. Judas was a traitor who betrayed Jesus who trusted him (Luk 6:16; Luk 22:48; Psa 41:9).
b. Jesus' disciples will experience traitors (Mar 13:12).
c. Those who are commonly known to have betrayed someone who trusted them will be put out of the church.
xviii. Heady adj. (2Ti 3:4) - 1. Headlong, precipitate, impetuous, violent; passionate; headstrong; ‘hurried on with passion’ (J.). a. Of motion, action, personal qualities. b. Of a person. (In early use, also, domineering, overbearing (quots. 1494, 1526); passionately desirous of something, ‘keen’ upon (quot. 1540).)
a. Impetuous adj. - 1. Of physical things or actions: Having much impetus; moving with great force or violence, or characterized by violent motion; very rapid, forcibly rushing, violent. 2. Of feelings, etc., or of personal action or disposition, and hence of persons: Acting with or marked by great, sudden, or rash energy; vehement, violent, passionate, ardent.
b. Those who are quick to get into a fight or an altercation are heady.
c. Peter's actions on the night of Jesus' arrest would be classified as heady, acting passionately and violently without sufficient cause (Joh 18:10).
d. Those who are commonly known to be heady will be put out of the church.
xix. Highminded adj. (2Ti 3:4) - 1. Having or characterized by a haughty, proud, or arrogant spirit.
a. Christians are exhorted in scripture to be not highminded (Rom 11:20; 1Ti 6:17).
b. Being highminded is a synonym of pride (see Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,E).
c. Those who are commonly known to be proud, arrogant, or highminded will be put out of the church.
xx. Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2Ti 3:4) -
a. Serving pleasures is a characteristic of reprobates, not children of God (Tit 3:3).
b. Being given to pleasures often goes hand-in-hand with highmindedness, both of which precede a fall (Isa 47:7-9).
c. The love of pleasure will choke the word of God and make a Christian unfruitful (Luk 8:14).
d. The love of pleasure also leads to poverty (Pro 21:17).
e. Enjoying the pleasures of sin is only for a season (Heb 11:25).
f. If we love God, we will have all the pleasures we could wish for (Psa 16:11; Psa 36:7-8).
g. A man's actions will determine if he loves pleasure more than God.
(i) If a man chooses to indulge in his pleasures (vacationing, hobbies, recreational activities, etc.) instead of worshipping God in church, he has shown by his choices that he loves pleasure more than God.
(ii) Those who would leave the church to follow their dreams love pleasure more than God.
h. Those who are commonly known to love pleasure more than God will be put out of the church.
xxi. Having the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (2Ti 3:5)
a. Form n. 1. a. The visible aspect of a thing; now usually in narrower sense, shape, configuration, as distinguished from colour; occasionally, the shape or figure of the body as distinguished from the face.
b. Godliness n. - 1. The quality of being godly; devout observance of the law of God; piety.
c. The Pharisees appeared righteous (Mat 23:25-28; Pro 26:23).
d. They had a form of knowledge and of the truth in the law (Rom 2:20).
e. Those that have only the form of godliness are those who merely profess that they know God, but deny Him by their works (Tit 1:16).
f. Professed faith without works is dead faith (Jam 2:17).
g. Reprobates will have a form of godliness, but will be denied by Jesus on judgment day (Mat 7:22-23).
h. Wicked people will talk godly to try to blend in (Isa 66:5).
i. They draw nigh to God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him (Mat 15:8-9).
j. They will sit in church and act godly hearing the sermon and nodding their heads, but they won't do what is being preached (Eze 33:31).
k. Those that are commonly known to have only the form of godliness, but deny the power thereof by their works will be put out of the church.
H. Such like things (Gal 5:21).
i. Such-like - A. adj. Of such a kind; of the like or a similar kind; of the before-mentioned sort or character.
ii. Any sin that is similar to any of the sins in the lists of excludable offences will be met with church discipline.
iii. Therefore, getting high by smoking marijuana or other mind-altering drugs is an excludable offence because it is a sin "such like" drunkenness.
iv. Therefore, for women to dress, wear their hair, or act like men is an excludable offence because these are sins "such like" effeminacy.
v. Therefore, bestiality, necrophilia, pedophilia, etc. are excludable offences because they are sexual sins "such like" fornication and sodomy.