How should discipline in the church be handled? - Discipline - TouchPoints

How should discipline in the church be handled?

Matthew 18:15“If another believer sins against you . . .”

Go to the brother or sister and reprove him or her in private. If he or she does not listen, go with one or two witnesses. If he or she still refuses to listen, take the matter before the church.

2 Corinthians 2:6-7Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. . . . Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him.

The church gives united disapproval, but forgiveness and comfort are in order if the person chooses to repent. Don’t shut out one who is genuinely repentant.

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. Don’t think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister.

Christians who are not repentant should not be treated as though everything is all right. They need to be warned of the consequences of their continued sin.

1 Corinthians 5:2You should remove this man from your fellowship.

Titus 3:10If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them.

There are times when the scope of the sin and the flagrancy with which it is carried out requires the church to remove the one in error from the fellowship so that person will not continue to cause division or lead others into sin.