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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Who Killed Church Discipline?

The Protestant reformers named three "marks by which the true church is known": the preaching of the pure doctrine of the gospel, the pure administration of the sacraments, and the exercise of church discipline to correct faults. Today, church discipline is feared as the mark of a false church, bringing to mind images of witch trials, scarlet letters, public humiliations, and damning excommunications.

How Discipline Died

Does discipline itself need correction and redemption in order to be readmitted into the body of Christ?

1 Comments:

Blogger Jot said...

"The church's history of dealing with problem persons in legalistic fashion is responsible in large part, I believe, for the present distaste for the term church discipline. Discipline is still the watchword of high-school basketball or children's music lessons, but has become objectionable in the church lexicon. For that reason, I have resorted to the term discipling. Evangelism and mission seek to make disciples of people, bringing them into Christ's way. But it doesn't make much sense to bring people into Christ's way in the first place if the church then fails to make every effort consistent with the gospel to bring back into Christ's way those who are straying from it."
I couldn't agree more - and this is indeed indicative of the broad path the 'church' has chosen today. Anything to keep from offending. You can't expect righteousness from the undisciplined - you just can't.
Pray. For prayer and the intervention of Our Lord is the only way!

Peace, love and truth...

not1jot

"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 5:22:00 PM  

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