Church Discipline—the very phrase seems to bring to the minds of most Christians a parade of horrors. It seems like our current image of church discipline is that of repressive, out-of-touch tyrants telling us everything that we may and may not do. This is not surprising when we consider the public incidents of abuse of authority both inside and outside the church. There is also the idea that church discipline appears out of touch with our modern understanding of Christian liberty, an understanding in which the individual Christian is his own judge in all matters regarding the Christian faith and …
Rev. Fred Greco is senior pastor of Christ Church (PCA) in Katy, Texas.