C O N F R O N T A T I O N   &

        When do I have to confront sin?
    Can I let my leaders deal with it?
What next, when my friend will not repent?

 'M A T T H E W  1 8'     

BIBLE READING:
Expanded (amplified) Text from Matthew 18:12-17:
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them strays away, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that is straying? And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. Just the same, it is not the will of the Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

If your brother sins, go promptly to show him his fault, reproving him between you and him alone; if he listens to you, you have won back your brother.

But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be established and confirmed'.

And if he refuses to listen to them, tell the matter to the Church; and if he refuses to listen even to the Church, let him be to you as a pagan; a heathen, and a tax collector.

Expanded (amplified) Text from 1 Timothy 5:19-20:
Hear no accusation against an elder except it be confirmed in testimony of two or three witnesses. As for those who are guilty and persist in sin, rebuke and admonish them in the presence of all, so that the rest also may be warned and fear.

Expanded (amplified) Text from 1 Corinthians 5:9-13:
I wrote you in my prior letter not to closely or habitually associate with sexually impure people; not meaning that you must altogether shun the immoral people of this world, or the covetous and cheats and thieves or idolaters... since to do that, you would need to get out of the world altogether! But now I write to you not to intimately or habitually associate with anyone called/named a 'brother', if he is known to be found guilty of sexual immorality, or in greed, or one who's soul is devoted to any object that usurps the place of God; or a person with a foul tongue, or one who is a drunkard, or a swindler or robber. No, you ought not so much as eat with such a person. What right or concern have I in the judging of outsiders? Is it not those inside the church upon whom you are to pass disciplinary judgment and sentence as the facts require? God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside. Drive out that wicked one from among you; expel him from your church.
[Deuteronomy 17:7; 19:19; 22:21, 24; 24:7]


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