Discipline can take many forms. One is to exclude from the congregation a
person who no longer wants to live by God's standards, or who refuses to do so.
A person who is disciplined may repent and turn around. In the process, the
congregation are also disciplined in that they learn the importance of
conforming to God's high standards as outlined in scripture.
Hebrews 12:11 "No discipline seems for the present to be
joyous, but grievous; yet afterward to those who have been trained by it yields
peaceable fruit, namely, righteousness."
2 Thessalonians 3:6 "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye
withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 "And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be
ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a
Titus 3:9-11 "But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself."
Does this mean that if a Christian stumbles into sin they are automatically
Disfellowshipping someone should be used only after attempts of reasoning
with that person have failed, then the congregation is justified in expelling
them from their midst.
2Timothy 2:23-26 "But foolish and unlearned questions avoid,
knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not
strive (act in strife); but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure
will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they
may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive
by him at his will."
Paul told the congregation:
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 "I wrote unto you in an epistle not to
company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this
world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then
must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to
keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or
covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner;
with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also
that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are
without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked
Disfellowshipping is a demonstration of love for the wrong doer, it
encourages them to repent.
Disfellowshipping someone because they do not believe the same way would be
wrong, it is for those that are sinning, breaking God's law based on real
Everyone understands according to their own spiritual growth. Instead it is
to be used for those that are in a clear state of sin according to Gods word
(example: fornication, covetous, breaking the ten commandments), and not the
organizations view of sin (example: wearing jewelry, dancing), but then again,
would it make any sense to fellowship with this type of organization anyway?