The fellowship of the church is always under a serious strain in dealing with fake Christians, false teachers, and factious people. For this reason, the integrity of our Christian witness is at stake. Here, in verses 8–11, Paul lists three ways to safeguard the sanctity of Christ’s church as a godly witness to the world.
1. Speak Confidently (v. 8)
2. Avoid Controversy (v. 9)
3. Reject Contenders (vv. 10–11)