Matthew 18:15-17 “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along so that every matter maybe established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church; treat him as you would those who are not Christian or a tax collector.”

Go and explain to your brother his fault in private. If an offender does not respond, several Christians should confront him. If the offender still refuses to listen, take the problem before the church. If he will not listen to anyone, he must be treated as an unbeliever.

But if the offender showed a genuine desire to repent and live right, he was placed under church discipline according to the evangelical church I worked under in West Africa.

When someone sinned he was confronted by the pastor or an elder. Then three leaders went as witnesses to speak to the man or woman who had sinned. If he repented and agreed to the church discipline, he was called in front of the members. His sin was announced.

Then he was forbidden to participate in the choir, teach Sunday school, or be in a leadership role. He had to sit on the back row and go to the pastor’s house every day for prayer and Bible study. After six months or a year if he had genuinely changed, he was restored to his former place in the church.

Everyone who was confronted and disciplined this way remained a believer in our village church.



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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