2. 2017 02 05 Robs Statement to the Church.pdf


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Some of you may then say, I understand your desire for glorifying God through church discipline
but what does this have to do with your dispute with the Pulpit Committee and particularly you’re
wanting to be transparent?
In order to answer that properly and biblically, I need to give a short explanation of what church
discipline is.
What is Church Discipline?
Church discipline is both a simple and complex issue. On one hand it is simple in that, it is
discipline of a member of a church by the body of the church. Remembering that we are one
body in Christ according to Romans 12:4-5 and Ephesians 2:18-19.
In order for the Church to exercise discipline in a scriptural and informed manner, it must know
the issues for which it is being called upon to decide. This is supported by scripture. For
example, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 talks about punishment for a sinner in the church. This correction
is not vindictive or joyous punishment. Christians in the Corinthian church were to gather
together in order to take action against the offending brother.
1Co 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my
spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Co 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit
may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Paul defines this as “punishment which was inflicted of many” in 2 Corinthians 2:6.
Again Matthew 18:15-19 talks of church discipline, however you see in the following verse the
bringing the disciplinary issues before the whole church to judge sin.
Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to
hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

And perhaps the most significant passage, as it talks specifically about elders (please
remember the New Testament scripture uses the word elder as something synonymous with
Pastor or Shepherd etc). So the passage is specifically talking about those in a Pastoral office.
Please note this applies to both Nabeel and the second Perpetrator. As the second perpetrator
was a preacher and teacher and at the time of his offences with the 4th known victim. He was
also the Vice President of the church when he committed his sin with the 4th victim.
1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
1Ti 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that
thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by
partiality.

First Timothy 5:19 tells us to accept a charge against an elder only on the witness of two or
three witnesses, echoing Deuteronomy 19:15-21 and Matthew 18:15-17. However, in this case
Nabeel confessed and admitted to the sin as did the second perpetrator. That leads us to v 20,
which clearly provides that sin is to be rebuked before all that others may also fear. Then it