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Old 05-06-2009, 07:34 PM
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Default Re: " Church Discipline"

Originally Posted by cb6445 View Post
How 'bout Church discipline? Is it Biblical in our Age to "church" members (to have them voted out of the church due to something they've done or not done)? If so, what would a person have to do or not do to warrant that? Not opinions, but from scripture. God Bless!

Aloha brother,

1 Corinthians Chapter 5 (the whole Chapter) is one of the best places to learn about New Testament church "discipline":

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

1 Corinthians 5:11 lists several offenses serious enough for church discipline. there may be a few more - like a brother who is a "dope head", or a "thief", but we have to be very careful NOT to EXPAND the "list" to include a "cigarette smoker" or some other offense that does not measure up to those serious offenses.

Carefully read the verses. There is NOT ONE verse in the entire Chapter with a "THOU", a "THY", or a "THINE" (all singular) in it - which simply means that church "discipline" is NOT up to the "pastor", it's something that must be exercised by the whole body. {Notice "YE" or "YOU" - all plural}