Disciplines in the True Church of God!!!
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”…….. Matthew 18:12 – 20
In our previous Study, Jesus was speaking particularly about Little Children, He used them as Examples of those who are the greatest in the Kingdom of God. He also spoke about how dangerous it is to cause one of these Little children to Sin because of what do and say. Finally, He concluded that little Children are lost and that Jesus has came to save them also. So Here, He spoke a Parable to drive home His point and told us how to deal with a case of disagreement between two brothers in a Local church.
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.: Do You know that Little ones can perish? There are lots of people who don’t believe in bringing Little Children to faith. But yet from this simple, short parable, it is so clear that the Little ones can go astray and perish. We Praise God for Sunday schools and all those working among little children so that they can put faith in their heart. I remember as a Little boy when I use to go to Sunday school, there are many times I asked Jesus to come into my heart. Honestly, I can’t even say this is the particular time I became born again because I was already taught to say Jesus should come into my Heart right from Childhood. Assurance of Salvation came much later but I know it was those Sunday school teachings that protected me from gross Sins as I grow up. Even though I was not converted then, that little fear of God that was put into my heart prevented me. I am grateful for those teachers in Sunday school who puts a little fear of God into my Heart with their teachings when I was a little Child. I want to say this to all those who are working with Little Children, be encouraged by this Verse, ” it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” God’s will is that every of our little Children in your hands should be saved. Their Soul is very precious to God. If there is Joy in Heaven when one of these Little ones become saved, then there is a great wrath in Heaven if we allow any of our actions and way of life to cause these little ones to go astray as they grow up. I remember Pharaoh said to Moses, “You men, go and serve the Lord if you want, but leave the Little ones here in Egypt” but Moses replied, “No!!! We are not going to leave our Children in Egypt(Exodus 10:8-11)” This is the Passion we must have as Father, Mother, Elder brothers and Sisters. A lot of People leave their Children in Egypt and does not seems to bother about it. The good Shepherd which is Jesus wants to go after those little Lambs and put them on his shoulder and carry them home. And the only way He can do that in these days is through His you and Me . Let us therefore make it our goal to lead little Children to Faith because they also have things to repent of as well in their life . They need to learn to apologize to their Parents and teachers in school. They need to repent from lying, fighting and stealing. May it not be said about us that one of the Little ones whom we should have lead to faith perish because we paid no attention to how precious their Soul is before God(Amen)
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.: After Jesus spoke about little Children, He speaks about the Local church situation where Discipline is needed. And this is a Principle we must follow in all disciplinary Matters in a Church. It is interesting to see that the Lord recognizes that Brothers in the Church can Sin. We don’t believe that Believers will never Sin. Believers can go wrong at times. The Lord recognizes it and we also need to recognize it. We are imperfect People. The Bible has called us to press on towards Perfection because He knows that we are not Perfect(Hebrews 6:1). None of us will become Perfect Like Jesus until when He returns, but If we have this Hope of becoming Exactly Like Him When He comes, we must make it our Daily Goal to purify ourselves from every Sin we discover in our lives(1 John 3:2-3). As we get to know the Lord better and Deeper, we will always discover Sinful areas in our lives that we did not discover years ago. The Day Prophet Isaiah saw the Glory of God, He immediately, discovers that He was a Man with unclean Lips(Isaiah 6:1-5)!!! How come He never discovered all these years He has been preaching? The Closer we get to the Lord, the More we discover the Corruption that dwells in our flesh. So if You as a Brother or Sister in Christ is not discovering New areas where You need to repent, then You are not Growing in the Lord. Get Closer to the Lord, Get closer to the Light and see areas where You have not become perfect like Jesus!!!
So if a Brother in Christ Sinned against You, what should You do? You can ignore it but such a Brother can continue in that Sin if He does not know that what He has done is wrong. And You may have to answer for it because God wants us to be our Brother’s Keeper(Genesis 4:9). We have responsibility for one another in the Church as a body of Christ. The Right hand has a responsibility for injury that has come to the Left hand, the Right hand does not ignore the Left hand in a Terrible condition. So when Your Brother in the same Local Church Sin, go to Him and make it clear to Him in private. Don’t go talking about it to other people. Most Believers have the Habit of Speaking Publicly about the Sins of other people. But Jesus says, “Go and tell Him his Fault in Private!!! When You speak about a Brother or Sister Sin to others, You are only bringing Him down in the eyes of others. You are only destroying Him. But if You go and speak to Him in private, there is a Great probability that He may listen to You and You have gained Him back. The aim is to gain Him back when the Devil has gotten advantage over Him. Galatians 6:1,says, ” Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” If We are truly Spiritual as We think We are, then our aim should be to restore such a Brother or sister to the Lord instead of gossiping about their Sins.
But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’: If the Brother is Stubborn and rebellious, and refuse to listen to You, don’t go alone the next time. Go with two or three mature and responsible Brothers so that it may be confirmed.
And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector: If after He refuses to Listen to these other Mature and responsible Brothers, then tell it to the Church. But we need to ask ourselves what it means to tell the Church? Does it means that we tell the Whole Members of the Church so that they all descend on this Man who have refused to repent? Not at All. It is referring to those in position of authority in the Church. The two or three whom the Lord has committed the authority of that Local church to. The Elders in that church. If He will not listen to the Two or three Brothers, Bring the case to the Elders of the Church and let them handle it. At times if the case is so sensitive, wisdom demands that You go straight to the Elders of the Church directly.
But if He will still not listen to the Elders in Authority of the Church, treat Such brothers as an unbeliever. Cast Him out of the Church. He is Like a Cancer who needs to be cut off from the body!!! Once upon a time, He was a Living Part of the Body, but now He has become cancerous. We have tried to Cure it through all means but not successful. Then the only solution left for us is to do a radical surgery and cut it off and throw it out of the body. It is no longer part of the body. There is Discipline in the Church where one who was once a Brother is now treated as a heathen like Paul did in the Church at Conrith.
Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. : In this context of a Brother who has failed to repent and has rebelled the Elders of the Church, the Lord gives Authority to the Elders to bind and lose. The Elders who are walking with the Lord has authority to bind Spiritual forces in Heaven and on Earth which are seeking to destroy the Church. They also have authority to lose people who are in bondage to the Devil if they repent. So if at least two Elders, there must be a Minimum of at least two agreeing today on something about the purity of the Church. The Father will do it for them because He is also concern about the purity of the Church.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them: This is a verse that most Christian often misquote because they did not understand the context in which it was said. This verse gives the Definition of a Church. Notice, it is a gathering of at least two or three. If the Lord had said, “Where 200 or 300 are gathered in my name, then I will be in their midst”, then I will never be part of a small church. I will be looking for a Minimum of 200 people gathering. Thank God, He said, “2 or 3”. Many of the Churches we have seen started with 2 or 3 gathering in Jesus name. But we need to understand what it means to gather together in Jesus name. First of all, what does the name JESUS means? It means, “Save His People from their Sins(Matt 1:21)”. So the Church is a group of individuals who are gathering together because they want to be saved(not just forgiven) from everything called Sin!!! The Church is not two or more individual who are gathering together because they want to become Rich. The Church is not a group of people who are worldly in their thinking and does not want to be saved from every Sinful habits. The Church is two or three who have understood the meaning of the name JESUS and have come together because they want to experience the reality of that name. That brother that was cast out of the Church did not want to be saved from His Sins so He was no longer recognized as a Part of the Church. And in the same way, any gathering of People who have no desire and Longing to be saved from everything known as Sin cannot be called a Church. I am sure the Church at Laodiceans in the Book of Revelation must have quoted this verse saying, “Lord, according to Your words, which says, ‘Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, you are in their midst”. But Jesus was not in their midst. He told the Church, ” Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me(Revelation 3:20)”. So where was in, inside or outside the Church? He was outside the Church knocking and seeking entrance into individual lives because the Church had rejected Him. A lot of today’s churches are like this. The Lord is not in their midst!!! They are not gathered together because they want to be saved from Sin. They are gathered because they want Miracles, healing, prosperity and Music. And the Devil has deceived and blinded a lot of people that even when they saw this, they just sit down in the so called church and drift along. Be courageous!!! If the Lord is outside a Church, why should You sit there? If Your master is at the door knocking and pleading to gain entrance, who are You to sit comfortably inside? If you feel comfortable in a Church who is not gathering because they want people to be Saved(not just forgiven) from every Sinful habits, I doubt if you yourself want to be freed from Sin. This is what a Church is. May the Lord give us Grace to come out of Babylon and become members of the True Church of God!!!
Dear Friend, God’s will is that none of the Little Children should be lost. Make it Your Goal to fulfill it. Be Your Brother’s Keeper. Take the necessary steps to restore Him back to Fellowship. Disciplines are allowed in the church. If you don’t want to take instructions, You had better not be part of a Pure Church. Come out of a Religious Group what is not challenging You to be saved from every Sinful habit, for I can guarantee You 100%based on God’s word, that Jesus is not in the midst of such church. May the Lord give us Grace to apply our hearts to these truths(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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