Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Church Discipline and Fox News

John Leadley Dagg, the author of a well-known and influential church manual of the nineteenth century, noted: “It has been remarked, that when discipline leaves a church, Christ goes with it.” If so, and I fear it is so, Christ has abandoned many churches who are blissfully unaware of His departure.

The Fox News story can be read here. Its odd that this lady has a problem with her sins being made public at the church but does not have a problem telling Fox News about it.

The great task of the church is to prove itself to be the genuine church revealed in the New Testament. We must regain the New Testament concern for fidelity of doctrine, purity of life, and unity of fellowship.

Matther 18:15-20

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries

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