Question: So About Church Discipline

Anonymous asked:

What is your understanding from Scripture of how church discipline should be done and what it should be done for? I have reason to believe that someone at my church has been disciplined falsely, and honestly, it is tearing me apart emotionally as I do not know either side of the story fully, nor can I ever expect to. I want to do the right thing.

Most ministry leadership bases their “church discipline” on Matthew 18:15-20 and 1 Corinthians 5.  Basically, there are terms given for a firm approach on sin and possible excommunication from the church.

But my question is: Why are these the only guidelines for church discipline?  It feels like these passages are often twisted to force people out that are disagreeable or who take “too long” to beat sin.  There are just as many passages to restore a brother and show grace for failure.

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