John Calvin wrote, “We must maintain a contest; and this applies universally to all believers, but especially to Christian teachers, who may be said to be standard-bearers and leaders.” Unfortunately, many in the church, leaders and lay people alike, fall because they do not really believe what they profess. Does your profession of faith line up with the faith that you possess in your heart? Pray that the Lord would enable you to trust all of His Word.
Church discipline is much-neglected today largely because professing Christians have adopted the pervasive attitude in modern Western culture that says authority to determine right and wrong resides in the individual. Scripture, however, gives the church real authority, and the pronouncements of a church body are binding when they agree with God’s Word. Consider the ways in which you need to submit to the authority of your local church.