In last week’s Facts, we explored directives given by the Scriptures on confronting sin in others.
The Scriptures are replete with examples of confrontations over sinful activity:
- God confronted:
– The rebellious Children of Israel – Deuteronomy 1:26-46
– Eli (through the Prophet Samuel) for failing to discipline his wayward sons – I Samuel 2:27-36
- Jesus confronted :
– The disciples for their lack of faith – Matthew 14:22, 31
– Peter for challenging Jesus’ plan to die on the cross – Matthew 16:21-23
- Nathan confronted David over his sin with Bathsheba – II Samuel 12
- Paul confronted Peter for caving in to Jewish legalists – Galatians 2:11-21
- Paul instructed the Corinthian believers to discipline an immoral believer -I Corinthians 5
How do we go about confronting and restoring erring believers ?1
In analyzing Jesus’ confrontation of the Ephesian church, Dr. Richard Mayhue has enumerated a number of helpful principles.1
First, confronting was done with love and with the goal of restoration : “ I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love” (Rev. 2:2-4).
To be concluded in next week’s “Facts.”
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
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