What does cast out the scorner mean from Proverbs 22:10?
Churches are often faced with someone who thrives on causing problems. The majority of the people in the pew think that the only problems in the church are moral. There are moral problems in the church, which may require strict discipline. However, there are also problems that go beyond moral (sin) issues to people issues. Thankfully, there are scriptures we can apply in dealing with either.
Some people problems aren’t that serious and may be tolerated or dealt with easily. This is not always the case however. Sometimes a scorner will start coming to the church. Scorners are not to be tolerated. The Bible says to cast out the scorner.
Proverbs 22:10: Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
Scorners destroy churches. They bring in contention, strife, and reproach to us and the church. Many ministers try to treat scorners, allowing them to stay, but this doesn’t do anything but give them more time to harm the congregation.
Scorners divide churches. Churches who allow them will not have peace in the pews and homes very long. Wise men will not allow scorners to prevent likemindedness and unity.
How to drive out a scorner
The words cast out the scorner in Proverbs 22:10 literally means to kick out the person! The words can even imply using force if necessary.
Proverbs 19:25: Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
You don’t want to actually harm the person, but smiting a scorner is sometimes required by God. It’s like that so vulnerable people may avoid falling victim to error.
There are appropriate ways to smite a scorner. You might be able to simply escort him out, or you might have to literally drive him out! God’s concern is for the people that will be severely damaged if the scorner is not punished.
Proverbs 21:11: When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
Now, if the Bible is followed here, chances are the troublemaker will strike back. This is a risk that we must take to obey God. Jesus said we are to resist not evil, meaning that we may have to take a hit and turn the other cheek.
Matthew 5:39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Why doesn’t God want you to just correct the scorner?
We do not want these type of people to hate us; Christians do not seek to be persecuted or hated. We naturally think that casting out a scorner would be a cause for that. However, the Bible only gives ground for correction to cause them to hate us.
Proverbs 9:8: Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Scorners are not wise people, and they hate to be told what to do. They cannot be corrected, and all they do is cause problems.
Proverbs 9:7: He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
The consequence for reproving a scorner is shame. They will shame anyone that tries to get them on the right path. You do not want to make friends with a scorner, unless you are willing to be humiliated and shamed for your beliefs and actions.
Can’t they just be rebuked?
Scorners are the type of people who will not hear rebuke.
Proverbs 13:1: A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
You can try to stop them; you can try to save them. However, there is no hope for scorners to be stopped or saved. I’d like to know where in the Bible a scorner ever repents and gets things right with God and his neighbor…
The reason God wants us to cast out the scorner is because there is no hope for him; if there is any hope, casting him out is the key to opening that door.
Proverbs 3:34: Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
The Bible teaches that God saves by grace, which is found in a promise of God, that He will do something for us if we trust Him. I do not believe there is salvation for scorners due to their contempt for God and truth.
A scorner cannot receive the truth because that would require correction. We know that scorners cannot be corrected. They think that there is no Heaven or Hell, sin or righteousness, and the knowledge of the truth is foolishness to them.
The Bible is clear; we are to cast out the scorner. Do not tolerate them. We do not give them time to change and hurt others. We do not keep them as best friends. The Bible says do not reprove or rebuke them.
If there is any hope for a scorner, it has to be in a miracle…
*Do you think a scorner can find repentance and get saved? If so, we would like to know why. Leave your thoughts below in the comment section.