A Case Study in Church Discipline
Leaving for a week of vacation in South Carolina with my brother Karl and his wife Dawn. Stephnie and I are looking forward to spending time together with two of our favorite people in all the world. We haven’t had a week off in some time and for the last four months have only been together for more than four days at a time once. In other words, my posting may be sparse for a couple of days—unless I feel like posting parts of messages already written.
Let me throw out a case study for Friday:
Former parishoner X is under church discipline. They walked out on their spouse and family. They have rejected all overtures from all members of the congregation, show no signs of repentance and in fact, have said that they no longer believe in God and are “finished with the whole God thing.”
Practically, how would you apply 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 to them if they were to show up on a Sunday morning, but announced before they came that they had no intention of repenting, in fact had nothing to repent of, was living with and planning marriage to another person, and said they didn’t care what anyone thought. Here’s the text I have in mind:
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 (ESV)
14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
- Practically, how would you have nothing to do with him?
- Practically, how would you not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother?