I have written two books specifically about unity in the church, two others that are partially about unity, and yet another that shows the biblical connection between unity and worship. This issue of unity in the Church is a big deal for me. When people ask me why I talk about it so much, I tell them it’s because it’s a primary issue for God.
The Apostle Paul said to Titus, “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned” (Titus 3:10-11).
According to this verse, the consequences of being divisive are sort of like batting in baseball. You get a couple of strikes and the next time you’re out. “Have nothing more to do with him.” That sounds pretty final.
But the passage also tells us why. It’s because the person is “warped,” “sinful,” and “self-condemned.” Those are strong and clear descriptive words, aren’t they? I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to be in those categories.
The final phrase, especially, strikes me. Self-condemned. That means the actions are declaring the judgment. What has been done and said pronounces the verdict. Self-condemned.
I hope you’re not involved in anything divisive in your church. If you are—and I’ll try to say this as kindly and gently as the Apostle Paul did—you’re warped, sinful and self-condemned.
Just thought you should know.