“Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.”
The verse above does not say that you are to receive the weak in faith at all costs, but it says that you are ONLY to receive the weak in faith as long as it doesn’t cause “doubtful disputations.” Galatians 5:7 asks, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” You will notice that it is a “who” that hinders a person and not a what. The “what” are the bad actions or bad lifestyle. People don’t do bad without first having a person who influences them to do bad. Samson did bad because he got influenced by bad people. Eve did bad because she was influenced by Satan. Jacob deceived his father because he was influenced by his mother. Ahab was a bad king because he was influenced by his evil wife. The Scriptures are filled with people who influenced others to do wrong. Your associations do matter, and there are associations you must avoid. Let me show you several associations to avoid.
First, avoid people who have weak discernment. The verse above is talking about people whose ability to discern right and wrong is doubtful. People who are weak in discernment are fine to be around, but you must not allow their decisions to influence you. In other words, only have a casual relationship with people who don’t have good discernment. Don’t become close friends with people who lack discernment.
Second, avoid divisive people. Romans 16:17 commands you to avoid people who constantly cause divisions because of false doctrine. Just because a person sounds good doesn’t mean you should follow them. When their doctrine is wrong, you are to avoid them because their agenda is to divide you from those whose doctrine is right. Watch out for preachers on the internet who sound appealing, but teach things that are contrary to the Word of God.
Third, avoid immoral people. 1 Corinthians 5:9 commands the believer not to keep “company with fornicators:” A person who lives an immoral life should never be someone you should be around. Their immoral conversations and lifestyle will influence you to eventually do the same sin.
Fourth, avoid disorderly brethren. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 commands the believer to withdraw themselves from brethren who don’t follow the traditions handed down from previous generations. In other words, avoid people who disparage the previous generation of preachers just to validate their changing ways. The previous generation of preachers may have had a few flaws, but this generation is not sinless. To point out the flaws of the previous generation instead of following what they have taught you is only going to cause you to leave the old paths.
Fifth, avoid disobedient people. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 teaches that a person who disobeys the Word of God should not be someone with whom you keep company. In other words, avoid the person who could care less about what God’s Word says and does nothing to change the ways of their life that are contrary to God’s Word.
Sixth, avoid people who consent not to Scriptural doctrine. 1 Timothy 6:3-5, makes it clear when a person is doctrinally wrong, you are to avoid them. Just because someone says something good doesn’t mean you can throw out their false doctrine. Avoid the people at all costs whose doctrine will taint the doctrine you have received from God’s Word.