In Reimagining Church (2008), I briefly discussed the topic of church discipline. Recently, someone asked me to expand what I said about the topic, asking for my opinion on how church discipline worked in the early church.
I’ve already dealt with the first half of this question in another post. See How (Not) to Correct Another Christian.
Excommunicating a genuine Christian is a “horrible” experience. I say horrible because excommunicating a true believer (putting them out of a local assembly) is one of the most horrendous, heart-wrenching, dreadful things that can happen to a person.
Anyone who is involved in excommunicating someone (who has half a heart, that is) doesn’t want to be involved in the process.
Excommunication is discussed in several places in the New Testament. So it’s not an issue that can be conveniently ignored. Continue Reading…