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1
Church Discipline
  • An intensive study of corrective church discipline

2
Voices From The Past
  • J.D. Tant, Ancient Landmarks, Vol.XI, No.4,
    April, 1976
  • It is no accident that we are depicted as the
    family of God. We are spiritually brothers and
    sisters in the household of God, sharing the
    Father of spirits and an elder brother. This is
    no superficial relationship of people who get
    together on Sundays for a good time.

3
Voices From The Past
  • J.D. Tant, Ancient Landmarks, Vol.XI, No.4,
    April, 1976
  • God decreed that these ties of the spirit family
    are deeper even than the cherished, but fleshly,
    parent-child relationship (Mt.1034-39). But in
    order to have such family solidarity, there must
    be discipline. To have the unifying love at the
    expense of purity in faith and life is an
    exercise in self-destruction.

4
Voices From The Past
  • J.D. Tant, Ancient Landmarks, Vol.XI, No.4,
    April, 1976
  • The forces of love and discipline are not
    mutually antagonistic, but are rather
    complementary. When you think of the environment
    of the physical family, you understand that where
    either of these elements is missing you have a
    flawed structure. So it is with the Lords family
    -- the church.

5
Hebrews 125-11
  • And you have forgotten the exhortation which
    speaks to you as to sons "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.

6
Hebrews 125-11
  • If you endure chastening, God deals with you as
    with sons for what son is there whom a father
    does not chasten? But if you are without
    chastening, of which all have become partakers,
    then you are illegitimate and not sons.

7
Hebrews 125-11
  • Furthermore, we have had human fathers who
    corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall
    we not much more readily be in subjection to the
    Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a
    few days chastened us as seemed best to them,
    but He for our profit, that we may be
    partakers of His holiness.

8
Hebrews 125-11
  • Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the
    present, but grievous nevertheless, afterward it
    yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to
    those who have been trained by it.

9
Two Extremes
  • Misuse
  • Wrong Motive (2Th.315)
  • No Teaching, Encouraging, Exhortation (Ac.1826)
    (1Th.514)
  • Inconsistency (Js.21-13 esp. vv..1,9)
  • Nonuse
  • Ignoring, Hoping It Will Go Away (1Co.52)
  • Fear The Consequences (Mt.1028)

10
The Need
  • Clear Teaching
  • (Mt.44) (Jo.832) (Ep.517)
  • Consistent Practice
  • (1Co.1558)

11
Corrective Church Discipline Is A New Testament
Doctrine
  1. (Mt.1815-17) let him be to you like a heathen
    and a tax collector.
  2. (Ro.1617-18) note thoseand avoid them.
  3. (1Co.51-13) purge out not to keep company
    withnot even to with such a person.

12
Corrective Church Discipline Is A New Testament
Doctrine
  1. (Ep.511) And have no fellowship with the
    unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose
    them.
  2. (1Th.514) warn those who are unruly
  3. (2Th.36,14-15) withdrawnote that person and
    do not keep company with him

13
Corrective Church Discipline Is A New Testament
Doctrine
  1. (1Ti.520) Those who are sinning rebuke in the
    presence of all, that the rest also may fear.
  2. (2Ti.31-5) And from such people turn away!
  3. (Ti.19-11,13) exhort and convict those who
    contradictrebuke them sharply

14
Corrective Church Discipline Is A New Testament
Doctrine
  1. (Ti.310-11) Reject a divisive man after the
    first and second admonition
  2. (2Jo.19-11) do not receive him into your house
    nor greet him

15
Gods Use Of Discipline
  • Adam To Moses
  • Adam Eve (Ge.215-17 322-24)
  • Lots Wife (Ge.1917,26) (Lk.1732)
  • Moses To The Church
  • Korahs Rebellion (Nu.16)
  • The Man Of God (1Ki.13)

16
Gods Use Of Discipline
  • The New Testament Church
  • Corinth (1Co.5)
  • Ephesus (Re.22,18-23)
  • Hymenaeus Alexander (1Ti.118-20)

17
What Does Discipline Mean?
  • Webster
  • Discipline (1.) PUNISHMENT (2.) INSTRUCTION
    (3.) a field of study (4.) training that
    corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties
    or moral character (5.) a control gained by
    enforcing obedience or order b orderly or
    prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior c
    SELF-CONTROL (6.) a rule or system of rules
    governing conduct or activity

18
What Does Discipline Mean?
  • The English word discipline is not found in the
    KJV New Testament
  • Greek noun paideia, and verb paideuo carry
    the same meaning.

19
What Does Discipline Mean?
  • Thayer
  • 3809 paideia (paideia) 1. the whole training
    and education of children (Eph.64). 2. whatever
    in adults also cultivates the soul, esp.. by
    correcting mistakes and curbing the passions
    hence a. instruction which aims at the increase
    of virtue (2Tim.316) b. chastisement,
    chastening, (Heb.125)

20
What Does Discipline Mean?
  • Thayer
  • 3811 paideuo (paideuo) 1. to train children
    (Ac.722)(Ac.223) to be instructed or taught,
    to learn (1Tim.120) to cause one to learn
    (Ti.212) 2. to chastise a. to chastise or
    castigate with words, to correct (2Tim.225) c.
    to chastise with blows, to scourge (Heb.127)

21
What Does Discipline Mean?
  • paideia and paideuo are translated in the KJV
    with the English words
  • Nurture
  • instruction, instructing
  • teaching, taught
  • learn, learned
  • chasten, chastened, chasteneth, chastening,
    chastise, chastisement

22
What Is Church Discipline?
  • It embraces the idea of instruction, learning
    education, doctrine.
  • Training or experience that corrects, molds,
    strengthens, or perfects the mental faculties or
    moral character.
  • To develop by instruction and exercise, to train
    in self control

23
What Is Church Discipline?
  • Chastisement inflicted by way of correction, or
    training by way of suffering
  • Correction or chastisement or punishment for the
    sake of training
  • Control gained by enforcing obedience or order

24
What Is Church Discipline?
  • All the processes or means by which a church
    trains and educates its members to walk in the
    light
  • This meaning is exemplified in many NT. passages
  • (2Ti.41,2) (Ti.19-11) (Ti.211-15) (He.512-14)
    (1Ti.120) etc.

25
Church Discipline Is Two-Fold
  • Instructive Corrective
  • Instructive Preventive in nature
  • Prevention is always better than cure, and is
    always preferable to correction
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
  • Remember! Teaching Is Discipline!
  • Corrective Chastising or penalizing in nature
  • Withdrawal of fellowship is corrective
    discipline, and is the final resort

26
Church Discipline Is Two-Fold
  • Three Categories Of Church Discipline
  • To the faithful - Teach
  • To the wayward - Warn
  • To the impenitent - Withdraw

27
Why Is Church Discipline Necessary?
  • The definition goes a long way in answering this
    question
  • Without it, there would could be no training,
    correction, molding, strengthening, or perfection
    of the mental faculties or moral character
  • Without it, there would be no self control gained
    or correcting of mistakes
  • In any society where people share a common
    purpose, discipline is a must!

28
Why Is Church Discipline Necessary?
  • Without discipline in the church
  • The influence of preaching is lessened or
    neutralized
  • Confusion and disorder prevail (see 1Co.12)

29
Why Is Church Discipline Necessary?
  • Two-fold discipline is necessary to function
    properly in the
  • Home - Community - Nation - Church
  • No one can become a Christian without discipline
    (Jo.644-46)
  • No one can remain a Christian without discipline
    (Mt.2820)

30
What Is The Purpose Of Corrective Discipline?
  • To Save Their Soul
  • Deliver such a one to Satan (1Co.55)

31
What Is The Purpose Of Corrective Discipline?
  • (1Co.55) Delivering One To Satan Means
  • that he who has done this deed might be taken
    away from among you (v.2)
  • purge out the old leaven (v.7)
  • not to keep company with (vv.9,11)
  • put away from yourselves the evil person(v.13)

32
What Is The Purpose Of Corrective Discipline?
  • To Save Their Soul
  • Deliver such a one to Satan (1Co.55)
  • For the destruction of the flesh (1Co.55)
  • The works, deeds and desires of the flesh
    (Ga.519-21) (He.1214-15) (2Co.71)
  • That his spirit may be saved in the day of the
    Lord (1Co.55)

33
What Is The Purpose Of Corrective Discipline?
  • To Save Their Soul
  • Deliver such a one to Satan (1Co.55)
  • That he may be ashamed (2Th.314)
  • W.E. Vine ashamed to turn one upon himself and
    so produce a feeling of shame, a wholesome shame
    which involves a change of conduct.
  • That they may learn (1Ti.120)
  • Not to sin To repent

34
What Is The Purpose Of Corrective Discipline?
  • To Save The Church
  • That you may be a new lump (1Co.57)
  • the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth
    (1Co.58)
  • that she should be holy and without blemish
    (Ep.527)

35
What Is The Purpose Of Corrective Discipline?
  • To Establish Fear
  • That the rest also may fear (1Ti.520)
  • Such action causes us to examine our own lives
  • If all knew to expect discipline, very little
    would be necessary

36
What Is The Purpose Of Corrective Discipline?
  • To Magnify, Exalt And Maintain The Honor Of
    Christ And His Authority
  • In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
    (1Co.54)(2Th.36)(Mt.2818) (Co.317) (1Pe.212)

37
Who Should Receive Corrective Discipline?
  • Those who are guilty of sinning against a brother
  • (Mt.1815-17)
  • Those who practice the works of the flesh
  • (1Co.511) (1Co.69-11) (Mt.199) (Ep.53-4)

38
Who Should Receive Corrective Discipline?
  • False teachers and all who cause division
  • (Ro.1617-18) (1Ti.63-5) (Ti.19-11)
    (2Jo.19-11) (Pr.616-19)
  • Elders who continue in sin
  • (1Ti.520) (Ac.2029-30)

39
Who Should Receive Corrective Discipline?
  • All who walk disorderly (2Th.36,15)
  • Disorderly ATAKTOS - signifies not keeping
    order it was especially a military term,
    denoting not keeping rank, insubordinate it is
    used in (1Th.514), describing certain church
    members who manifested an insubordinate spirit,
    (W.E. Vine)
  • Is forsaking the assembly disorderly or out of
    order?
  • Guilty of willful neglect of
  • Lords supper, contribution, edification of others

40
Who Is Responsible For Taking Action?
  • The Individual
  • Toward self first (Mt.71-5) (Lk.173) (Ac.2028)
    (1Co.927) (2Co.135)
  • This is what weakens so many on effectively
    disciplining others
  • This eliminates the need for church action

41
Who Is Responsible For Taking Action?
  • The Individual
  • Toward a brother (Mt.523-24) (Mt.1815-16)
    (Ga.61) (Js.519-20)
  • Love prompts this spirit (1Co.136)
  • Examples of this in Gods people
    (1Sa.1535)(Ez.10)(De.9)(Ro.91-3)
  • This love for our brother is essentialit fits us
    to restore him (Ga.61-2)

42
Who Is Responsible For Taking Action?
  • The Elders
  • Take heedto all the flock (Ac.2028)
  • which is among you (1Pe.51) (Ti.17-13)
  • The Church
  • Tell it to the church (Mt.1817)
  • when you are gathered together...purge...withdraw.
    ..note and avoid

43
How Should Corrective Discipline Be Carried Out?
  • Determine The Certainty Of Guilt or Innocence
  • (Nu.3512,30) (De.1314 172-6) (1Ti.519)
    (Mt.1816)
  • Warn The Disorderly
  • (1Th.514) (Mt.1815-17) (Ti.310-11)

44
How Should Corrective Discipline Be Carried Out?
  • Sincere, Diligent, Longsuffering Effort To
    Restore
  • (Ga.61-2) (2Ti.42) (1Th.514) (Js.519-20)
    (Ph.21-16) (Ep.41-3)
  • If They Refuse To Repent Withdraw
  • (Mt.1817) (Ti.310-11)
  • Should Be Done Openly And Publicly
  • (1Co.54) (1Ti.520)

45
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Church is a collective word involving every
    member
  • shepherd the church includes all the flock
    (Ac.2028)
  • All included unless specifically excluded
    (Co.320)(Ep.61-2)
  • Are evangelists or deacons excluded?Then they
    are included!

46
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • The church is commanded to withdraw
  • the church (Mt.1817)
  • gathered togetherput away from
    yourselves(1Co.54,13)
  • Are evangelists, elders, deacons or family
    members excluded?

47
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Husband / Wife Relationship
  • Specifically excluded by Necessary Inference
    (Mt.532 193,9) (1Co.71-5)

48
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Parent to child
  • Are they members of the church?
  • Then included
  • Are they Specifically excluded?
  • By Command? No.
  • By Example? No.
  • By Necessary Inference? No.
  • Some say yes?? - By special relationship

49
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Parent to child
  • Parents relationship to children
  • Mothers - Love children manage the home (Titus
    24-5)
  • Fathers - Love and discipline (Ep.64) Provide
    for (1Ti.58)
  • Same relationship from the beginning - no change
  • This relationship didnt prevent discipline under
    Old Law (De.2118-21)

50
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Parent to child
  • Child not living at home (Independent)
  • What relationship would prohibit withdrawal of
    social interaction?
  • Child living at home (dependant)
  • If too young to live alone then young enough to
    correct by force (Pr.2215) (Pr.2313-14)
    (Pr.2030)
  • If you wont restrain the child then you are
    guilty (Pr.1324)
  • If too old to correct then old enough to be
    independent

51
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Child to Parent
  • Obey (Co.320)
  • This wouldnt prohibit withdrawal - in the
    Lord (Ep.61)

52
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Child to Parent
  • Honor (Ep.62) (Mt.154)
  • W.E. Vine honor (5091) Primarily a valuing
  • Strong To prize, i.e. fix a valuation upon by
    impl. to revere
  • Can you value or esteem and still withdraw?
    Yes! (1Ti.51,17,19-20)
  • The motive of discipline is the value of the
    soul!
  • Would honor prohibit a child from arresting a
    parent for a crime?
  • Honor does not prohibit a child from
    withdrawing fellowship

53
Are Family Members Required To Withdraw From One
Another?
  • Child to Parent
  • Principal concerning parents and children
  • (Mt.1034-37) (Lk.1251-53) (Mk.331-35)
  • Special Relationships carry special obligations
  • These obligations are not a matter of choice
  • If there is a special relationship that prohibits
    withdrawal then it is a sin to do it!
  • If there is not a special relationship then it is
    required!

54
How Are We To Treat The Disorderly?
  • let him be to you like a heathen and a tax
    collector. (Mt.1817)
  • Jesus knew their culture, tradition and law.
    (Jo.1828)(Ac.1028113)

55
How Are We To Treat The Disorderly?
  • let him be to you like a heathen and a tax
    collector. (Mt.1817)
  • The pattern explains the action
  • (Ro.1617-18) note thoseand avoid them.
  • (1Co.51-13) not to keep company withnot even
    to eat with such a person
  • (Ep.511) And have no fellowship with
  • (2Th.36,14-15) withdrawdo not keep company
    with him
  • (2Ti.31-5) And from such people turn away!
  • (Ti.310-11) Reject
  • (2Jo.19-11) do not receive him into your house
    nor greet him

56
How Are We To Treat The Disorderly?
  • Admonish Him As A Brother. (2Th.315)
  • Loophole for social interaction?
  • All other passages exclude social interaction.
    This passage doesnt bring in anything but
    admonition. Must we have social interaction to
    admonish???
  • A Divine explanation of the action (1Co.59-13)

57
A Good Test For Every Situation
  • Are You
  • Punishing him as a brother? (2Co.26) (2Th.315)
  • Avoiding them? (Ro.1617)
  • Not keeping company with them, not even eating
    with them? (1Co.511)
  • Having no joint participation with them? (Ep.511)

58
A Good Test For Every Situation
  • Are You
  • Withdrawing from them? (2Th.36)
  • Turning away from them? (2Ti.35)
  • Rejecting them? (Ti.310)
  • Treating them like the Jew treated a heathen and
    tax collector? (Mt.1817)
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