The church has a responsibility to exercise discipline and exclude from its fellowship any member who persist in sin and disobedience to God’s word as found in 1 Cor. 5. Sin will spiritually affect the church and any of the blessings of God. The Lord shows us the use of the church in disputes between individuals,[Matt.18:15-17]
The example of Church Discipline working:
[1Cor.5:1-13] Acknowledgement of the sin and dealing with it, by separation, also [2Thes.3:6]
[2Cor.2:1-11] Repentance and forgiveness of the offender
[2Cor.7:8-12] Godly Sorrow and Clearing for the church, Verse 11- the reason for church discipline!
Other Biblical examples:
[Gal.2:11-14] Paul withstood Peter to the face because his actions were affecting others in the church
[3Jn.9-11] John was going to discipline Diotrephes because of his behavior in the church
[1Tim.1:18-20] Hymenaeus and Alexander, blasphemers, “delivered unto Satan”
The final result may be that the offender be removed from the church, but it is the last resort.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
God requires our pastor to watch over our soul, are you causing Joy or grief? It’s unprofitable for YOU.
[1Tim.5:17-25] Paul instructs a young pastor, Timothy:
V:19 – out of the mouth of two or three witnesses…
V:20 – rebuke in public, so others will fear… [Acts 5:11]
V:21 – treat all equal
V:22 – never do wrong to do right
V:24-25 – be sure your sin will find you out… always true.
Benefits of Church Discipline
[1Cor.5:2] Keeps the Church Humble
Sad to say, but unless we see consequences to our sin we will not change [Ecc.8:11]
Should motivate you to judge yourselves often [1Cor.11:31]
[1Cor.5:6-8] Protects the Church
Protects the church from leaven: Because of the lack of judgment by the church, others deem it ok behavior