Nobody's Business

Judge sinners, Church discipline, Judge Not Heresy
Many Christians think their behavior is nobody's business but their own.

However, Scripture clearly refutes that notion just as it refutes the "Judge Not" heresy.

We must treat each other humbly, graciously, gently and patiently, never critically or arrogantly (Ephesians 4:11-24). But we still have a responsibility to judge and restore sinning believers. And we should expect fellow believers to do the same for us.

Matthew 18:15
tells us to confront those who sin against us.

Luke 17:3
tells us to rebuke a sinning brother and forgive him when he repents.

Galatians 6:1 and James 5:19-20 tell us to restore those who've wandered from the truth.

And there are additional passages on the role of the Church in judging and disciplining sinning Christians.

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 is very clear: "It certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning."*

Humble, loving rebukes are part of our responsibility to encourage each other in the faith (1Thessalonians 5:11).

*This passage explains formal church discipline for church members. We are supposed to have discernment about sin and sinners outside of the Church, but it is not our role to discipline them. For a thorough explanation of church discipline, see "10 Things You Should Know About Church Discipline." For more on appropriate judgement, see "Misunderstandings About Judgement" 1-Minute Archive

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