The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH DISCIPLINE

3 John – The Church Boss

The apostle John is frequently characterized as the "apostle of love" because there is a marked interest in love in his writings. But love does not ignore wrongdoing, and John was not averse to rebuking error when the occasion demanded it. In his letter to Gaius, John spoke of Diotrephes, a brother who was consumed (as indicated by the present ... read more »

Church Controversies

One of the saddest situations that a spiritual person can contemplate is a brotherhood engaged in a "non-civil war," particularly in a time when it ought to be united against the growing forces of evil that threaten the stability of society and the welfare of our families. The grim reality is, however, it always will be the case that "little ... read more »

1 Timothy 1:20 – Delivered unto Satan

During the course of his apostolic ministry Paul was forced occasionally to deal with false teachers who were damaging the faith of others. Two of these renegades were Hymenaeus and Alexander, who had made shipwreck of the faith of some.Accordingly, Paul informed Timothy that he "delivered unto Satan" these rebels that "they might be taught not to blaspheme." "This charge ... read more »

Soul and Spirit: What’s the Difference?

"What is the difference between the spirit and soul of a human being?" There is no simple answer to this question because the words, "soul" and "spirit," are employed in varying senses within the different biblical contexts in which they may be found. The following represents a very brief summary of some of these major uses. The Soul The Hebrew ... read more »

Corinth – A Troubled Church

The church in Corinth was afflicted with many spiritual ailments. One of these is discussed in 1 Corinthians 5. Let us consider this case. A Serious Problem (1-5) In addition to the division that plagued the Corinthian church, a moral cancer was eating away at its vitals. There was a "buzz" stirring the congregation because a brother was living in ... read more »

Jesus Christ: Church Inspector

In preparation for those grand visions which would constitute the book of Revelation, the apostle John was confronted by the risen Christ on the island of Patmos. Jesus was said to be "in the midst" of the seven golden lampstands that represented seven congregations of the Lord's body in Asia (Rev. 1:13, 20). Later, Christ was characterized as "he who ... read more »

Can a Christian Ever Be Lost?

A prominent Baptist preacher, Dr. Charles Stanley of Atlanta, Georgia, alleges that a child of God can never so sin as to be lost. In his book advocating this theory, Stanley writes: "As a believer, you will never be judged for your sins" (Eternal Security - Can You Be Sure?, Nashville: Oliver Nelson, 1990, p. 39). The proof-text he cites ... read more »

Dealing Treacherously with One’s Spouse

The book of Malachi, the final document of the Old Testament, contains a series of scathing rebukes against the Hebrew people in the post-captivity period (c. 457-432 B.C.) of the nation's history. The Israelites had drifted into a state of spiritual lethargy and were involved in numerous manifestations of sin, not the least of which involved flouting the vows of ... read more »

Does the Bible Conflict with Itself in the Matter of “Incest”?

Does the Bible Endorse Incest? Some superficial critics of the Bible charge that it contains a moral contradiction.It is alleged that whereas the practice of "incest" is condemned in the law of Moses, there appear to be cases in scripture where it is sanctioned.Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 20:12), and both Isaac and Jacob married kinsmen (Genesis 22:20ff; 24:4; 24:43). ... read more »

False Teachers; Destructive Heresies – 2 Peter 2:1

The Second Epistle of Peter was written by Simon Peter, an apostle of Christ, who also penned First Peter (see 2 Peter 3:1). The principal design of this letter was to "stir" Christian minds to a greater level of spirituality and to fortify them against the danger of certain false teachers who threatened their faith. A looming heresy involved a ... read more »