When someone’s sin has become ordinary, we need to confront the sin. And when we confront the sin, our primary goal is not to expose and shame them. Our goal is restoration. One of the reasons I don’t like the phrase “church discipline” is that it can suggest that our primary goal is to punish someone living in sin. The goal of rebuking the sin is to restore him to fellowship with God and his fellow man.
Warren Wiersbe says, “Our attitude should not be that of a policeman out to arrest a criminal, but rather that of a physician seeking to heal a wound in the body of Christ, a wound that will spread sickness and death if left alone.”
Or as Paul put it in Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. …”
Confrontation is to be done with humility and love.
Why? We’re trying to rescue people back to fellowship with God and their fellow man. That is our aim in church discipline.
James writes, “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (Jas 5:19-20). James tells us if we can win “our brother” away from their sin, we could help preserve their life.
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