Why Would You Kick Someone Out of a Church?

In our men’s study at GCCWilm we are studying church discipline.  We didn’t intend to study this topic, but when it came there were a lot of questions and not a lot of men who had seen it done biblically. So, we are taking a short excursus on the topic.  Since I have been preparing for that conversation it has been on my mind.

The first question that must be answered with respect to church discipline is, why in the world would you perform church discipline? For many it seems like a strange practice in theory, and then when it actually happens its seems cruel and unusual.  Why would a church risk bad publicity, upsetting part of the congregation, and possibly even face a lawsuit? Let me see if I can briefly answer that…

The church must be willing to confront unrepentant sinners within the church. In some cases church discipline must be implemented (Matt 18:15-17). This process is certainly not easy, and for some, it might even be off-putting.  However, there are at least six biblical reasons why the local church must practice church discipline:

  1. The bible commands church discipline. (1 Corinthians 5:9-12; Matthew 15:17)
  2. The Lord models church discipline. (Hebrews 12:6-8)
  3. The holiness of the church depends upon church discipline. (1 Peter 2:11-12)
  4. The effectiveness of the church depends upon church discipline. (Revelation 2:14-6)
  5. The restoration of unrepentant believers depends upon church discipline. (Matthew 18:15; Jude 23)
  6. The congregation is deterred from unrepentant sin through church discipline. (1 Timothy 5:20)