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Should people be kicked out of the church?

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. 3 John 9
            Sometimes, yes, it needs to happen.  People can become divisive and hurtful, believing they are being truthful and necessary.  However, they are no more helpful than cancer.  Their diagnosis of the problem is more a selfish request than godly insight.
            If their lifestyles invite sin and they infect a small group, then can drive dozens towards the flesh instead of deeper into faith.
            It’s not a preferred method of dealing with divisive people, but removing them from the body is best for all.  Conversation and confrontation, mixed with prayer and mercy, must be shown first.  However, if all that fails, asking that person to go is necessary.
            If anything, it’s best for the divisive person so they can move on and find spiritual contentment somewhere else (which is probably unlikely).