NINE WAYS OF BEING ACCESSORY TO ANOTHER'S SINhttp://www.catholicbible101.com/thebasics.htm
a. Have I knowingly caused others to sin?
b. Have I co-operated in the sins of others:
1. By counsel.
2. By command.
3. By consent.
4. By provocation.
5. By praise or flattery.
6. By concealment.
7. By partaking.
8. By silence.
9. By defense of the ill done
The Church teaches that sin is any thought, word, deed, or omission contrary to the law of God. Jesus tells His disciples that at the Last Judgment some will be condemned on account of what they failed to do: “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me” (Mt. 25:45).
“He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).
"Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart, but reprove him openly, lest thou incur sin through him” (Leviticus 19:17).
Jesus--“If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him: and if he do penance, forgive him” (Luke 17:3).
“Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2)
"BE NOT PARTAKER OF OTHER MEN'S SINS"---- 1 Tim. 5:22
Sin is like leaven and leprosy. It spreads and bring calamity to all who participate. Sin is blinding and deceitful in its nature. Heb. 3:13
Satan has many devices to deceive us. 2 Cor. 11:3; 2:11
Some ways in which we can share in another's sins are as follows:
COMMIT A SIN TOGETHER.
Annanias and Sapphira agreed with each other in their sin. Acts 5:7-9
Others will try to persuade us to sin. Prov. 1:10-19
This world is full of sinners, and we must be careful to not be partakers with them. Eph. 5:3-7
COMMIT THE SAME SIN SEPARATELY.
Jeroboam caused Israel to sin. 1 Kings 12:28-30
A common expression, "they continued in the sin of Jerobaom the son of Nebat who made Israel to sin."
Consider the Samaritans, who about 1,000 years later, were still following the sin of Jeroboam. John 4:20-22
Acts 7:51 - "...As your fathers did, so do you."
In Matt. 23:29-31, Jesus showed that it was not good to claim sonship to those who killed the prophets.
The "early church fathers" should be labeled, "early church apostates."
DON'T ACTUALLY COMMIT THE SIN, BUT CONSENT WITH THOSE WHO DO.
Saul of Tarsus gave consent to Stephen's death. Acts 7:57; 8:1; 22:20
Some may not actually be engaged in a particular evil, yet they endorse those who do it.
Ex. "Conservative" church recognizing "Liberal" ones. 2 John 10-11
Another example: some don't drink, but argue for it in doubt. Ex. twisting 1 Tim. 5:23
KNOW ANOTHER'S GUILT BUT FAIL TO REBUKE AND EXPOSE.
All that is needed for evil to prosper is for good people to do nothing.
Ezekial's responsibility. Ezek. 3:17-21
Eli's responsibility. 1 Sam. 3:13; 2:17, 22
Many Christians know that error is being taught, but keep quit. Eph. 5:11
They often see things that are sinful, but never rebuke. 1 Tim. 5:20; 2 Tim. 4:2
Churches refuse to withdraw from the disorderly. 1 Cor. 5; 2 Thess. 3:6
BY EXAMPLE AND INFLUENCE.
Some people encourage the wicked. Ezek. 13:22
Wives somtimes encourage their husbands to do wrong. Amos 4:1-3
It is very easy, because it is human nature, to defend a loved one. However, if that loved one is guilty of sin, we dare not condone them in it.
It is easy to assume that my son or daughter has been falsely accused.
My association with one may cause him to continue in his sin.
If I associate with one after he has been withdrawn from, I condone his sin. 1 Cor. 5:11
BY ENDORSING THE WRONG KIND OF LEADERS. Jer. 23:14
There is a good possibility that the context of our text (1 Tim. 5:17-22) has specific reference to the appointment of men to be elders who don't deserve such.
Many lack courage to stand up to sinful leaders.
What if I had sided with Deotrephes? 3 John 9-10
TEACHING OR SUPPORTING THE DOCTRINES THAT COME FROM MEN.
If someone who lived years ago, from his own devising taught a false doctrine, and I begin to teach it, I am partaking in his sin.
It is wrong to financially support error.
It is wrong to give clothes to the salvation army.
REMEMBER, THERE IS A FLIP SIDE TO THIS PRINCIPLE.
In other words, "be NOT partakers with the wicked," but "be partakers with the righteous." Matt. 10:40-42; Phil. 1:3-7; 4:15-16
Both those who sin, and those who are partakers with them, will suffer damnation unless they repent.
Let us not be partakers of other people's sins, but rather let us continue in the way of righteousness.