by K Neill Foster
for September 13, 2019
|Church Discipline Anyone?|
Text: "On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others. . . . " 2 Corinthians 13:2
Corinth today is known for its world-famous canal connecting two of the seas of the Aegean world. We recently saw the canal as well the remnants of an ancient dock where, according to our guide, the Apostle Paul had docked. Undoubtedly he had.
Corinth was a trouble spot in the ancient church. Listen as Paul discusses-- actually talks tough--about his upcoming visit, his third: "I will not spare. . . ." Such frank words would no doubt cause some apprehension. He would be probably not be warmly welcomed by the Corinthian congregation for He is bringing a message of church discipline.
In later comments in this same passage it is clear that Paul hopes that he will not have to be harsh in the use of his authority (v. 10). Still, the Corinthian church was facing trauma at the hand of the apostle because of its flagrant sin.
Paul apparently cared not a whit about the size of the church. It is equally obvious that all he really cared about was the purity of the church.
Let it be known that anyone-- you and I--are the safest in our spiritual lives when we are sheltered in a congregation that is protected by church discipline.