In one of the other discussions I read the following quote: "..the church in Europe and Americas is not so strict when it comes to searching, locating and discipline the culprits." This was in reference to one particular sin but any transgression of the ten commandments would be the same.
I shuddered to think of that horrible image of my church! Searching out sinners, finding them (of course!), and then disciplining them. My next thought of course was, "Oh no! They are going to find me!" Because I am the chief among sinners... and yet I like being a part of my church. I am on my journey toward sanctification and being Christ-like, but I am sure not there yet. I would venture to say none of us are.
Why do some believers think we need a "Spanish Inquisition" style search to root out sin (sinners?) in our church? I understand that we have rules. But that quote portrayed the least Christ-like church imaginable. Please include your basis quotes.
How does this fit in with what Christ did when zealots tried to do this same thing in Christ's time? "Woman, where are your accusers? Is there no-one left to condemn you? Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more." (John 8)
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
The Catholics use excommunication. We don't. Sometimes our church disfellowship though.
Biblically as Ron says, we cannot retain Achans in the camp.
with loving care and remembering that Christ died for us
If since childhood one has autodiscipline oneself. It is a plus. But as u mention the word sinner...it means that we are all sinners.. we have our weakness therefore we might be a model for one thing and a downfall for something else. Then Jesus is our model. Discipline is there just like attending church service on time or be in sabbath school just 5 mins before starting. It is a question of how much you are god fearing and how much you wish to retain from being God fearing. All goes well when there is unity in the one who died for us at Golgotha..during his stay on earth Jesus has given so many example..focusing on Him is our only way to get discipline and then we will not think in terms of a sinner but rather in term of a disciple and a followr of Christ.
A more important question is why doesn't the Church teach and follow ALL torah laws, as shown here ? - Rob
sadly we as christians pick and choose what to keep and what to throw away and find scriptures to back our thinking up
even from the New testament and Sermon on the mount
everyday small life or big movements