Se apropie adunările generale din ianuarie – februarie. Pentru unele biserici atunci este vremea tăierii ramurilor uscate, vremea disciplinei. Este biblic? Nicidecum.
De obicei se trece direct la excluderi, fără preparative pastorale, fără vizite, fără încercări de recuperare.
Poate că am putea învăţa cîteva lucruri pînă atunci.
Iată un articol interesant de la care s-ar putea porni o discuţie:
„If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses’.” If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector (Matt. 18:15-17 NIV)
Growing up in a mainline Protestant church, I had no idea there was anything such as church discipline in the modern world. Matthew 18:15-17 was never discussed, much less implemented, even when church leaders gratuitously divorced their spouses after beginning affairs with other individuals.
In the evangelical churches I have participated in during my adult life, there has always been a policy regarding church discipline, attempting to be true to the teaching of Jesus in this text. But a number of exegetical observations are often overlooked:
First, nothing in this passage limits the sin to certain kinds of offenses deemed particularly serious. Matthew 5:23-24 could suggest that any individual’s priority is to deal with ways in which others in the congregation believe he or she has sinned against them. But for most small offenses, people should be able to deal with things privately, precisely the first step in the process. A willingness to freely apologize, even when one feels perhaps only partially responsible for an offense, can go a long way toward peacemaking, a task Jesus calls blessed (5:9)
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