church discipline

  1. Travis Fentiman

    How Church Rulings Do & Do Not Bind, & of Breaking Them

    If the Church is not neglected today, it is often idolized; if Church authority is not disregarded, it is frequently turned absolute. The Biblical and historically presbyterian position is that Church authority is conditional, and can only confirm the truth and what is good; it binds only...
  2. Travis Fentiman

    Resources on the Peace & Purity of the Church

    One of the main aims of Church discipline, which should also be the aim of all Christians, is to seek the peace and purity of Christ’s Church. It is not always readily clear however, what that principle calls for in particular situations; and the phrase is often readily misused by those who...
  3. Travis Fentiman

    Reformed Resources on Scandal

    The topic of scandal may seem obscure, until one finds oneself in the midst of dealing with one; scandals, in fact, are all around us. Where does one go for help? Until now there has not been an abundance of reformed resources on the topic. These resources will be especially helpful for...
  4. Gwallard

    On an Elder's Ability to Ban Church Members

    Brothers and sisters in Christ, I am currently studying this issue, and I would be greatly blessed by your help. The question is on whether or not an elder may ban one of the members of his or any other flock from the church body. I am defining banning as "a public declaration by a session to...
  5. Travis Fentiman

    On Fundamental, Secondary & Tertiary Matters of Christianity, & Errors Therein

    What precisely must one believe to be saved? Given the variety of people’s background, understanding and what is told them of Christianity, even as exampled in Scripture, that is not an easy question to answer. If people profess serious errors that seem to overturn the fundamentals of...
  6. Jonathan95

    When does the idea of Christian Liberty apply?

    I get really hung up on this kind of stuff. How do believers keep each other accountable when Christian Liberty is a thing. Tattoos, smoking, drinking, Credobaptism vs Paedobaptism, RPW vs NPW, female deacons, head coverings, &c. Some would view these as sin, some would leave it up to the...
  7. C. Matthew McMahon

    5 Marks of a Biblical Church - Part of a New Series of Books by McMahon

    5 Marks of a Biblical Church by C. Matthew McMahon Scripture furnishes Christ’s blood-bought church with everything it needs to worship God effectively with the greatest degree of honor (John 4:24). The holy exaltation of God by his people is vital to giving him high praise in glorifying Christ...
  8. J

    Unchurched "Christian" Living In Ongoing Sin as it relates to Mt 18, 1 Cor 5

    I have seen others ask similar questions about family church discipline, but have never seen a solid biblical answer to this one, so I'm excited to hear what my wiser brothers and sisters in Christ have to say! :D Let's use this example: A father (who is supposed to be the leader of the...
  9. E

    Church discipline for marrying Roman Catholics?

    I believe that church discipline can and ought to be enacted in cases where a member marries an unbeliever, but is there any biblical grounds for discipline being enacted upon a member who willfully is dating and considering marriage with a Roman Catholic? Keith Elder in a confessional...
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