INTRODUCTION (The Study of Miscellaneous Subjects)
Church discipline is like the weather. We talk a great deal about it but seldom do anything about it.
Paul expected Christians to use church courts, not government courts.
I Corinthians 6:1-3, “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?”
Discipline means taking corrective measures as punishment in order to maintain the good conduct of church members.
This is a practice seldom made effective in our churches today. Why? Is it because we have grown weak and cold and fear to act on our principles?
Is it because we have all attained a state of perfection and no longer require it?
Is it because our churches are afraid of losing church members?
Are we afraid that the church income will be reduced if we punish sin?
Do we love popularity, money, large churches, easy times, more than holiness?
Are we afraid of calling “sin” “SIN” and thus condone the evil of fellow believers?
The Apostolic Church was strong because it was pure. Our modern church is weak because we have compromised our position and condone sin in the members. A great preacher of past years, G. Campbell Morgan, said, “Compromise is the most immoral word in the English language.”
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