A Sin Worth “The Cut”
2 Thessalonians 3:6-18
It’s awkward; we don’t like to think about it; if we’re not careful, we’d rather it weren’t in God’s Word— it is: CUTTING SOMEONE OUT OF YOUR CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP.
There it is. We said it. If I had written the rules of Christianity, I’d have scribbled an assortment of grueling sins for such a cut! Surely this sin worth “the cut” in 2 Thessalonians would be ADULTERY! Without a doubt, the sin worth the removal of kinship is MURDER! (Insert epic musical rift) We’re not wrong— right God? Well, let’s read the first verse of our text today!
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
WAIT A SECOND! TRADITIONS!? “The Lord is concerned about tradition?” you may ask. Yes, He is… and although we could spend all day on that topic, 😉 we will simply dive into the verses given us in this text! Reading onward,
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
Wow! Laziness and gossip— Let’s pause for internal examination…
There is nothing more detrimental to the work of God than a busybody. Nothing at all. Now, let’s not diminish other sins; we are simply saying that none is greater; no sin can more greatly thwart the working of the Kingdom of God. A busybody can be synonymous with many things, but perhaps the most notable would be: a trouble maker, an eaves dropper, a gossip. Paul knew (and spoke with the direct authority of God himself) that if gossip was not dealt with quickly and drastically, the problem would all but stop the moving of God. Who are you talking about right now to your friends? Next time you go to share something, ask yourself, “Does this help the person I am about to talk about?” More than likely you will find the answer to be a definite NO.
How convicting that the sin worth “the cut” in 2 Thessalonians 3 is one which we all delve into! How eye-opening to think that when we spread news of someone’s short-comings, ours is actually the beam in the eye of the story. Let’s wrap this up with the next comforting verse,
15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
The goal of “the cut” was never to actually have to keep ourselves at odds with someone who is a gossip; however, I dare to say that if we lived our part -shining forth the love of Christ in the church- that this “fracturing” of a close fellowship with a brother in Christ would not only fix the problem, but in turn restore a closer relationship: a relationship free of gossip and slander, and full of God and love. 🙌🏽
Are you guilty of the sin mentioned above?
Are you an ear to those who slander?
When you fracture fellowship, is your goal to build an even better relationship with that person?