2 Corinthians 13

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Saint Paul the Apostle of Jesus the Christ and the early Church were doing and refusing to do things differently the Modern Church. Have modern Christians abandoned the way and become workers of iniquity? Has the salt lost its flavor?

In the mouth of witnesses establish

1 ¶ This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

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Paul is no ear tickler and though 2 Corinthian is supposed to be "Paul light" he warns them that he will be harsh if they are not doing what Christ said. He is again warning them "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves".
Paul is warning them that if they are not doing what Christ requires that they may be counted as reprobates.[1]
Christ is not in a reprobate. "Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates".[1] That is your evidence and ours that you are in need of repentance.
This is why we should turn them away until they repent. You may say Lord, Lord and confess with your mouth and even think you have accepted Jesus as your savior but you can be still counted a reprobate if you are doing those things that paul says takes away your privilege of inheriting the kingdom.
"do no evil... For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." We are only found doing evil if the truth, which is Christ, is not in us.
Are we living in peace if we bite one another and covet or neighbor's goods through men who exercise authority? The early Christians were in "subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution" according to the Eucharist of Christ rather than the free bread of Rome like many of the workers of iniquity who profess Christ with their lips only.
Luke 14:34 "Salt [is] good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?"
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do no evil

7 ¶ Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.[1] 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness[2], according to the power[3] which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

Be perfect

11 ¶ Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 96 ~ἀδόκιμος~ adokimos \@ad-ok’-ee-mos\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and 1384; adj AV-reprobate 6, castaway 1, rejected 1; 8
    1) not standing the test, not approved (See warnings)
    1a) properly used of metals and coins
    2) that which does not prove itself such as it ought
    2a) unfit for, unproved, spurious, reprobate
  2. Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply <664>, that they may be sound in the faith;
  3. 1849 ~ἐξουσία~ exousia \@ex-oo-see’-ah\@ from 1832 (in the sense of ability); n f AV-power 69, authority 29, right 2, liberty 1, jurisdiction 1, strength 1; 103 See Romans 13
    1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
    1a) leave or permission
    2) physical and mental power
    2a) the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises
    3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
    4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
    4a) universally
    4a1) authority over mankind
    4b) specifically
    4b1) the power of judicial decisions
    4b2) of authority to manage domestic affairs
    4c) metonymically
    4c1) a thing subject to authority or rule
    4c1a) jurisdiction
    4c2) one who possesses authority
    4c2a) a ruler, a human magistrate
    4c2b) the leading and more powerful among created beings superior to man, spiritual potentates
    4d) a sign of the husband’s authority over his wife
    4d1) the veil with which propriety required a women to cover herself
    4e) the sign of regal authority, a crown
    For Synonyms see entry 5820