Concordia Theological Monthly

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congregation, disciplinary, church members, christian, discipline, sin, excommunicate

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Lord Jesus Christ has wonderfully endowed His Church upon earth. To His Church, to the Christians, He has given the power to open and to close heaven, to bind and to loose sinners. And this is no empty gesture on the part of the Lord of the Church, for the Lord Jesus very specifically says: “Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matt.18:18. And just as our congregations in their constitutions provide that all things are to be done decently and in order, so they very properly insert the paragraph reading: “If after the fruitless application of the several grades of admonition in Matt. 18:15-18 a member becomes evident or manifest as an impenitent sinner and is excluded from the congregation," etc. . . . Accordingly, our Christian congregations and their pastors are well aware of the rights and privileges which the Lord of the Church has accorded them.


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Matthew 18:15-18; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 5:12; Ephesians 6:4; 1 John 3:4; 2 Corinthians 6:14;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars