Growing Up In Our Attitude Regarding Church Discipline (7 of 12) by Rick White

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Growing Up In Our Attitude Regarding Church Discipline (7 of 12)
Rick White
1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Introduction: Just a few months ago two very public and prominent Baptist denominational leaders called on the Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, to discipline their most public member, President Bill Clinton for his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. They said that the church had an obligation to rebuke Clinton for the sex scandal involving the former White House intern and for the church to be silent would be cowardice.

A deacon spokesman of Immanuel Baptist Church said any sins by Clinton are between the president and God. "We're not accountable to anybody as a church but to the Lord. We resent all these people telling us how to run our business. If they take care of their churches, we are plenty capable of taking care of ours."
[Saturday, March 18, 2000 01:50 PM Capitol Hill Blue is published daily on the web. Some material is ©The Associated Press and © Reuters NewMedia]

On June 13, 2000, Chuck Colson called on another high profile Baptist pastor and ministry leader to step down from his pulpit because of his recently announced divorce from his wife of 44 years. Both pastor and church have stood their ground saying that it was clear that God wanted him [pastor] to continue in his position of leadership despite the marital breakup.

Well, today we are going to look at the much neglected, often confusing, always painful, but biblically mandated subject of church discipline. Church discipline is a seldom-used practice in the modern church.

According to Dr. Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., church discipline was common among Baptists until early this century [20th], when it faded as people abused the system to carry out vendettas.

Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.


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