“Brother, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted” (Gal. 6:1). Church discipline is both painful and awkward. How should we interact with those under discipline? What should we do when we meet such people while shopping for a birthday present, when we sit next to them at work, or when we see them getting mail from their mailbox? What should we say? Biblical Directives Fortunately, the Bible gives us clear direction. Jesus exhorts us to “let him be …
Dr. Jonathan Akin is senior pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tenn., and director of Baptist21. He is also an adjunct professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.