Reflecting Church Discipline
Matthew 18:15-20 is probably one of the most popular passages about discipline. Here we can see that the offender has been given chances for repentance. It is very important to note how Jesus Christ presented the matter to his disciples.
To review it, first, we have to approach the sinning brother privately. If he repents, we already have won our brother. If not, we have to get two or three witnesses about the sin so that the matter can be established. This means that we are to approach the sinning brother semi-privately. If he repents, then we have won our brother. If not, we have to bring the matter to the church, this time publicly. If he repents, we have won our brother. If not, then we are to treat him as a pagan or tax collector.
There are many churches now that are no longer following this steps in the Bible. In fact, many already have the so-called discipline code in their churches. The question is, are these discipline code permitted in the Bible? I believe that as long as the Church sticks with the standards of the Bible, and as long as we agree on rules, it is enforceable and it has the blessings of God (Matthew 18:18-20).
But we always have to remember that discipline is never intended for condemnation or judging people. Discipline exists to enable a sinning brother or sister to come back to the Lord. Discipline is most often a painful experience because we have to admit that we have sinned and have broken the Biblical standards sacrificing the credibility, worth, and value of the hope that we profess in Christ. .