4- Associating With Doubtful People:
Just as associating with men of faith strengthens the faith, also associating with doubtful people plants doubt in minds and hearts, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. If it was persisting, or if, it has a deep effect or if the level submitting knowledge to doubts is lower than the mind, or if it was not deep enough in the faith.
For this reason the Bible prevents the association with apostates.
Saint John, the apostle, says “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.. ” (2 John 1:10). That is why the church prevented the association with the heretics and the banished.
How many people associate with non Christian groups like the Jehovah witnesses for example, and the result is that they lose their directions. How many church members associated with strange groups or heretics and their beliefs where deeply affected.
Considering behaviour and spiritualities, the association with doubtful people weakens the faith:
You may be faced with a test or a problem and you accept it in faith, and you submit the matter to God thanking Him for
Be careful with whom you associate and with whom you mix your ideas.
This leads us to another point which also weakens the faith:
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