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 Churches of Christ Faithful To The Lord Practice Church Discipline

  The Bible tells us that we are to judge those that are "within" (Christians, members of the Lord's church), but that God will judge those that are "Without" (non-Christians, those not members of the church of Christ -- 1 Cor. 5:12). "A little leaven leavens the whole lump, " thus it is necessary that church discipline be practiced.

  The Word of God (our guide) teaches that church discipline must be practiced to keep the church pure and holy as God would have her to be (cf. Eph. 5:27). The following Scriptures demand that church discipline be practiced:

Members subject to church discipline include:

A few Scriptures that list sins that are subject to church discipline:

The Purpose For Church Discipline

Answers To Criticism Of Being Unloving And Judgmental

  Biblical (agape) love always seeks the other persons best spiritual interest. It is because God loves His children (Christians) that He chastens or disciplines them. The Bible says,"My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten" (Heb. 12:5-7)? A principle is thus set forth that applies in the home and the church. Parents who love their children discipline them (Eph. 6:4), and the faithful church members discipline their wayward brethren who refuse to repent and walk by the "rule" (Phil. 3:16) given by God. Discipline is an act of love -- not hate, seeking to save a soul that is lost.

  Some quote Matthew 7:1 that says, "Judge not, that you be not judged"  in an attempt to prove that all judging is forbidden by God. This Scripture only forbids rash, harsh, unjust judgment more concerned about appearance than facts. Most people overlook Jesus saying in John 7:24, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge righeous judgment."  The Bible teaches that there is good fruit and evil fruit (Matt. 7:17-18) and then states, "Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matt. 7:20). John, the forerunner of Christ, demanded that the people "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance" (Luke 3:8). Righteous or right judgment can therefore be made regarding those who refuse to repent and turn from their sins.

Treatment Of Those Who Are Disciplined

Those Who Identify As Members Of This Congregation

 The church of Christ at Rowlett

  Those who "place membership" or "identify" with this congregation of the Lord's people understand and agree that they are subject to all of God's New Testament Laws. It is also understood and agreed to that a refusal to repent of sin is subject to church discipline.

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