~Proverbs 4:14-15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
~Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
~2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
~Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
If you do not want to get in trouble with the law, you do not hang out with law breakers. If you do not want to be counted amongst those co-workers who are lazy, you do not mimic their actions. By avoiding trouble makers, one stays out of trouble. By avoiding those who can cause us to stray from what God’s Word teaches, we “keep” ourselves separated.
~James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.