How do the following verses apply to Christians in contexts other than the local church? Specifically, how should we apply these verses in the blogosphere? What responsibilities do we have to one another as Christian bloggers? How do we apply Christ’s teachings in Matthew 18 when our interactions take place across various posts, trackbacks, and comments on multiple blogs? What sort of behaviors would cause a Christian to be considered divisive and contentious and worthy of separation? Obviously there’s plenty of room for disagreement about doctrine and practice. But at what point should we say, no, you’ve crossed a line there? And how, if at all, do we separate ourselves from troublemakers?
Do we have a responsibility to privately contact one another before blasting each other in comments and posts? Is it different if you leave comments on their own blog, versus on someone else’s blog?
Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
1 Timothy 1:3-7 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
2 Thess 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.
Titus 3:10-11 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.
Matthew 18:15-17 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.