Brian Long of Church of the Foothills in Cameron Park, CA sent this article to me written by Kevin Miller of Christianity Today. The first question is, "How do you work pastorally with people who are likely to fall again?" And if we are honest, we either experience this, or run into it on a regular basis. Where and how deep do we drill down to find out the root causes of the fall?
Posted by: Christianity Today
Church Discipline for Repetitive Sin
By: Kevin Miller
How do you respond to people who are sinning, who know they're sinning, and who (given the addictive nature of their sin) most likely will sin again? Is there appropriate church discipline for repetitive sin?
Our church has taken these questions seriously, and we have been learning along the way. Maybe our experience can be helpful to others who want to guide their people to greater holiness and amendment of life.
Create a Culture of Confession
Pastors generally have hope and fear regarding church discipline: we hope we never have to implement it, and if we do, we fear a tumultuous public process, with letters read in front of the congregation and possible lawsuits. This leads to an implicit "don't ask, don't tell" mindset. There aren't many places in church life for people to honestly confess their present-tense sins, and somehow that's okay with us.
We do not take either sin or grace seriously enough.
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