|2 Thessalonians 3 |
1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as it is with you,
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, for all men do not have faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command you.
5 And may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patient waiting for Christ.
6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received from us.1
7 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you,
8 Neither did we eat any man's bread without paying for it, but labored and toiled night and day, so that we might not be a burden to any of you,
9 Not because we did not have the right, but to make ourselves an example for you to follow.
10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat." [This applies to preachers also; Paul just stated in the previous verse, he worked as an example to all believers, which would include preachers.]
11 For we hear that there are some who are disorderly among you, not working at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now such people we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that they work with quietness and eat their own food.
13 But you, brothers, do not be weary in well doing.
14 And if any man does not obey our word in this letter, note that man, and have no company with him, so that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every letter; this is how I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
1 But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to anything that usurps the place of God, and how they spend their free time defines what they are devoted to], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. You must not so much as eat with such a person.
And if you were not supposed to eat with such a person, obviously you were not supposed to attend a worship meeting of such people.
This is further amplified in this letter by verse 14: if any man does not obey our word in this letter, note that man, and have no company with him, so that he may be ashamed.