Should Christians Cut Off Toxic People? (Ep. 127)

July 8, 2023

Over the last few years, the phrase “toxic” has been used with greater and greater frequency in Christian circles to describe both people and relationships. It is frequently used in regard to family, often, specifically, to parents. This type of language is often used when speaking about mental health and is frequently connected to the question, “When is it ok to cut this person out of my life?” We want to talk about all of these things in this episode and ask a number of questions: Is “toxic” a good way to describe some relationships? Is cutting people off a valid way to deal with relationships that seem to only cause suffering? And, how should we think about the suffering that comes from dealing with sinful people?

Listen to the audio version here:

00:00:00 Taking Responsibility for Sin
00:08:48 Fleeing Suffering
00:29:06 Selfishness
00:31:54 Keeping Your Eyes on Christ
00:46:59 Pray
00:56:00 Consequences of Sin
01:02:20 Parents and Children
01:05:48 Husbands and Wives
01:10:17 When to End a Relationship
01:22:57 Conclusion

Production of Reformation Baptist Church of Youngsville, NC
Hosts – Dan Horn, Jonathan Sides, Charles Churchill and Joshua Horn
Technical Director – Timothy Kaiser
Theme Music – Gabriel Hudelson

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