The goal of church discipline is not to punish a failing brother or sister in Christ.
On the contrary, the purpose is to bring the person to a point of godly sorrow and repentance, so that he or she turns away from sin and experiences a fully restored relationship with God and other believers.
I don’t want to be over-prescriptive about this, but there is clearly a difference in the two passages, and that difference should surely guide us as to their application.
For transgressions at the less severe end of the spectrum where there is a reasonable likelihood that the offender will repent, the process of Matthew 18 seems appropriate because it gradually intensifies the confrontation and progressively includes more people to assess the matter, until a final outcome or decision is reached. No; it wasn’t gossip: it’s certainly not gossip if you’re a part of the problem or a part of the solution to the problem, and Paul knew that his informants wanted the problem solved — they wanted the sin to be rightly addressed.
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God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, ' You must remove the evil person from among you.' " (NLT) Another vital reason for church discipline is to maintain the testimony of the church to the world. We are to be a light in a dark world, a city set on a hill.
If the church looks no different than the world, then it loses its witness.
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