That could well be the motto of modern-day Christianity. For the sake of privacy, tolerance, and forgiveness, we allow fellow believers to wade into the most grievous, dangerous of sins, and never say a word. Adultery, gossip, stealing, hateful attitudes, lyingâ€”no sin seems worth offending a church member or costing a friendship.
But there is a problem. The goal of living in the Body of Christ is not to keep your friends and avoid confrontation. God wants His children to be intimately active in each othersâ€™ livesâ€”especially where sin is involved. Refusing to help a sinning believer is the spiritual equivalent of a lifeguard refusing to save a drowning man.
In My Brotherâ€™s Keeper, John MacArthur explores one of the most neglected, yet transforming, responsibilities of an obedient congregation: church discipline. This careful study of Matthew 18 spells out the step-by-step process you and your church can use for rescuing a believer from sinâ€™s deadly grip. Youâ€™ll also find a clear explanation of Christâ€™s own teaching on the subject of forgiveness. A vital study for establishing and maintaining church purity!