Jon Roberts
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"Good" Company Corrupts Good Character
Titus 3:9-11
Despite the knowledge of the individual, the fruit is what we must judge.
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Published May 28th, 2016
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"Good" company corrupts good character. A slight spin on the 1 Corinthians 15:33 statement can be found in this passage. Paul is writing to stay away from foolish controversies because all they do is stir up divisions and they are harmful. So where do I get my spin on 1 Corinthians 15:33? You can see it here: The person is in the church, the person knows his stuff, he is a student of the law, he knows a lot. And this is where the problem is, he is full of knowledge and not full of wisdom. His focus is stirring up controversy and not about stirring one another up to good works. He is a chameleon who has the appearance of godliness without the actual heart change. 1 Corinthians 15:33 clearly states that bad company corrupts good character or as the ESV puts it "bad company ruins good character". Then Paul's addition, or addendum to this can be read like this "A bad person who appears to be good corrupts good character, no matter how much that person knows about the Law and how much he can argue for it, if he does not have the fruit of a disciple then he is to be put out of the fellowship." Well I guess it is not any shorter, but it summarizes the two passages and how they work together.
Titus 3:9-11
But avoid foolish controversies, ... about the law,
and quarrels
for they are unprofitable
and worthless.
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.
on the video Andy makes a black line dividing sentences. How can I do that?
Charlotte Flowers
Jon, the black lines you mention that Andy makes---in Editing, look under "Sections" and then "New Separator". In this tab, you can also put in block labels and section headings.
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