The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH DISCIPLINE

Church Discipline – A Tragic Neglect

It is difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in a society where citizens could flaunt the rules and absolutely no consequences would follow-no fines, no imprisonment, etc. Can you conceive of a home environment where the children are allowed to do whatever they please with utterly no discipline imposed? Total chaos would reign in either of ... read more »

What About Potlucks and Church Discipline?

A Christian couple in a nearby congregation divorced with no scriptural basis. She later remarried but was never disciplined by her home congregation. Recently she and her current husband visited our congregation and stayed for a potluck meal. One family left, quite agitated, and accused the rest of sinning by eating with the woman. Were they wrong in leaving? Were ... read more »

Should “Weak” Christians Be Disfellowshipped?

"Referencing your article, 'Church Discipline - A Tragic Neglect' (6/8/00), please send scriptures to support shunning or disfellowship of a weak brother/sister whose attendance is slipping, or who has completely fallen away." The article, "Church Discipline - A Tragic Neglect" was published in our "Archives". We have chosen this question to feature, because it contains a number of diverse facets ... read more »

When Christ Withdraws His Fellowship

It is a verse in which we take much comfort - but do we really understand it - in context? Jesus once said: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Mt. 18:20). The passage is often applied to a regular church assembly, especially when a very small number ... read more »

Does Matthew 18:20 Sanction Personal Assemblies?

"Could you explain Matthew 18:20. 'Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.' I have friends who frequently do not attend any church assembly on the Lord's day. When concern is expressed regarding this neglect, they respond: 'Oh, anywhere two or three are gathered, the Lord is with them.' I ... read more »

Don’t Judge Me!

One of the most frequent rebukes that we receive from irate readers is this: "Oh, you are judging!" If there is one passage in the Bible with which the critics are familiar, surely it is this one: "Judge not, that you be not judged" (Mt. 7:1). They have no clue as to what the text means, but they know that ... read more »

Immanuel — God Is With Us

Names are of great importance in the Bible. Some names have historical significance. "Adam," for example, may derive from the Hebrew adama, "the red soil"-thus suggesting something of his physical origin (Gen. 2:7). And "Eve" ("living," "life") was so designated because "she was the mother of all living" humans (Gen. 3:20). Sometimes names were symbolically descriptive of character. During his ... read more »

What About Christian Fellowship?

Every serious student of the Bible is aware of the emphasis on fellowship within the sacred volume. At the point of our conversion, we are called into fellowship with God, with Christ, and with the Holy Spirit (1 Jn. 1:3; 1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Cor. 13:14). And of course there is the blessed fellowship that saints enjoy with one another ... read more »

2 Corinthians 2:6 – The Sufficient Punishment

One of the problems which had afflicted the church in Corinth was that of the fornicating brother who was immorally involved with his stepmother. Paul had demanded that this wicked man be excluded from the fellowship of the church (1 Corinthians 5). There may be a passage in Paul's second letter to this church that relates to this episode. The ... read more »

Reckless Suppositions — Reflections upon Radicalism

After Paul concluded his third missionary campaign, he finally arrived at Jerusalem. When certain Jews saw the apostle in the temple, they stirred up the crowds and seized him. Paul was accused of being a false teacher and of desecrating the temple; allegedly, he brought Greeks into the sacred precincts. The basis of the charge was this. Earlier, Paul had ... read more »