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Confronting sin?

What do you think about the church confronting people about sin? Done in a loving way not a judgmental way do you think its okay?


Asked by whitenena at 10:15 AM on May. 25, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • its completely biblically supported for the church to discipline/rebuke their love, in order to persuade the fellow member to repentance and right standing with God and man.
    Matthew 18:15-17
    Galatians 6:1-3
    John 8:3-7 (this is where the elders of the church shoved an alleged-adulteress in front of JC in public..and he, rather than rebuke the woman, rebuked her accusers. something to think about...)

    Answer by dullscissors at 1:57 PM on May. 25, 2011

  • If they are confronting their own members, that's fine. That's just part of belonging to a church, right? But if they are confronting others who don't believe as them, that's harrassment. When talking about "sin" there is no way to not be judgemental. Would it be okay if an Orthodox Jew confronted people about turning on the lights on Friday evening? Or if a Hindu confronted folks about eating hamburgers? The saying is "to each his own", not to each MY own.

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 10:23 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • I think the preacher/pastor/whatever should stick to the sermons and not confronting individual members on their personal sins. Each person has to work out their own salvation. Besides, the Bible says to remove the plank from your own eye before trying to remove the splinter from your neighbor's eye.

    Now, IF the member comes to the preacher/pastor to discuss what that members feels is a sin they have committed, the preacher/pastor should counsel the member, not pass judgment on them.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 10:29 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • Well if you feel the need to approach her you need to make sure it isn't in a confrontational way, which might be hard considering the circumstnaces. You might want to inform her that there is talk around the church about her actions with cheating on her husband and then lend an ear to hear her side of the story. It might be that her husband is abusive and they are seperated and he refuses to finalize the divorce, it could simply be rumors and she was seen out with a friend or relative and because they appeared close or she was smiling and laughing others thought she was cheating. If it turns out she is cheating you might want to point out that it would likely be in her best interest to respect ehr husband enough to divorce him before continuing to make her affairs public as it does reflect poorly on her and the congregation, but I would also make a point to let the rest of the congregation know it's none of their business too

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:52 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • You talk to her. Find out what's going on. Convince her to do the right thing. To do anything else can be construed as gossip.

    Answer by daps at 11:05 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • according to the bible within the church if a member is doing something against God or the church. The person who knows about it dhould go to the member and let them know tha what they are doing is wrong i private if they don't listen then they would bring in another memberof the church to confront the so called sinner and if they still don't listen then they bring a third person along after they still don't listen then they would consider them non christian and some times or should I say most of the time the pastor would kick them out of the church. We as christians have no right to judge or correct non christians but we have every right to correct and judge the acts of christians please make sure you read that last statement correctly I did not say judge christians I said judge their actions.

    Answer by Die4Jesus at 11:11 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • This happened to my sister. The pastor came to my parents home to basically ambush her over the fact that she had a child out of wedlock. She was asked to go before the entire congregation and apologize to them for her sin. She refused, and rightly so, and was asked to leave the church. They lost a lot of members over those types of stunts. It's one thing for church officials to approach members privately and discuss the situation. It's quite another for them to force members to bring their private lives, regardless of whether they're sinful or not, to the carpet to be judged by everyone in the church.

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 11:45 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • There is a Biblical method to confronting sin within the church. That should be followed with the ultimate goal of restoration.

    Answer by Dabberdoo at 5:07 PM on May. 25, 2011

  • Define how the church would be confronting people and define Sin. A church, or rather church leader confronting one of it's own members about "sin" or undesirable behavior or actions that may reflect poorly on the church, whatever. A church, or church body confronting other people that belong to differing churches or have differing beliefs and then there is a problem. I dont' care how "loving' they think they are doing it, they are still judging others based on their own beliefs and as we know beliefs vary even among Christian denominatons. We've seen it here, the people calling JW's Mormons, Catholics, SDA, etc cults or false simply becasue they dont' believe the exact same way as others. We've seen it when it crosses to other religions too and there has never been anything "loving" in any of it.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:32 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • Should they talk about sin in a general way in their sermons? yes. If there is a person in their Church that is in the public eye and they in a way flaunt their sin, then the Religious Leader should have a private meeting with this person and discuss it with them, help them to get back on track.

    Answer by daps at 10:36 AM on May. 25, 2011