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The Primary Purposes Of Church Discipline

BY BILL GOTHARD
(Non-GCx pastor, reprinted in The Cause with permission)

1. To mature a body of believers unto maturity. “be no more children” (see Ephesians 4:12-16, 1 Corinthians 3:1).

2. To prove that the leaders love and care. “…that our care for you…might appear…” (2 Corinthians 7:11).

3. To intensify self-examination in the church. “…what carefulness…what clearing… what fear…” (2 Corinthians 7:11).

4. To affirm obedience to God’s authority… “…whether ye be obedient in all things.” (1 Corinthians 5:6).

5. To purify the spirit and message of the Church. “…A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (1 Corinthians 5:6).

6. To destroy fleshly lusts in a believer “…deliver unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh…” (1 Corinthians 5:5).

7. To confirm individual responsibility for one another. “…Exhort one another daily…lest any of you be hardened” (Hebrews 3:13).

8. To deny Satan any advantage in the Church. “…lest Satan should get an advantage of us…” (2 Corinthians 2:11)

9. To protect Scripture from perversion and error. “…deceivers…whose mouths must be stopped” (Titus 1:10-11).

10. To restore repentant believers. “…forgive him, and comfort him…confirm your love…” (2 Corinthians 2:7-10).

11. To cut emotional ties with unrepentant Christians. “…not to keep company…” (1 Corinthians 5:11) (See also 1 Samuel 16:1).

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