Church Discipline: For Lost Feet

From an excellent 9Marks interview with a Pastor David King, whose church recently removed 575 people from membership:

What biblical passages are you thinking about? And why is such inactive membership “contrary to what the New Testament teaches about the life of the church”?

The language of membership in the New Testament is metaphorical. To be a “member” is to be part of a body (1 Cor 12:27) and part of a family (Eph 2:19). Both of these images depict vital relational connections. If we saw a foot in a jar on a lab shelf or met a daughter who hasn’t spoken to her parents in twenty years, we would know in both cases that something had gone wrong.

It’s odd that we lack this perception when it comes to members who no longer have any involvement with the church. God doesn’t mean for any of us to amputate ourselves or to run away from home and imagine that all is well. In calling us a body and a family, we can be reasonably sure that God means for us to stick pretty close to each other.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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