Another Kind of Confrontation

Confronting a brother or sister in Christ, done the right way, is very important, as we discussed in yesterday’s article. However, what about the unrepentant brother or sister or the one who appears to be saved, but isn’t? There comes a time when stronger measures are called for as explained in Matthew 18:15-17: “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 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.” Although this relates to one who has offended us; trespassed against us, the same principles apply for an unrepentant offender. He or she should still be confronted with concern, compassion, and with undeniable facts. Prayerful and loving motivation applies to correcting the sinning one. However, if no willingness to repent is found, after proper confrontation has been done, it becomes a regretful and necessary time for church discipline to be done. The church must be firm, in agreement among Spiritually mature leaders, and with an eye to eventual restoration of the sinning one(s). Never give up on winning them back. If they tell you not to reach out to them, then pray faithfully. Over time, things can change. Prayer will be the reason, if they repent. A loving challenge is found in Elisha A. Hoffman’s hymn, “How Are You living:” “How, O how are you living, my brother, are you going the pilgrimage way?  Are you doing the will of your Master?  Are you living for Jesus to-day? Earth will offer you pleasures, my brother, have you turned from these pleasures away?  Are you striving to work for the Master?  Are you living for Jesus to-day? Sin will surely entice you, my brother, quickly turn from temptation away.  O then give all your life to the Master, and be living for Jesus to-day. You may grow cold and careless, my brother, and from Christ and His following stray; are you watching, and praying, and trusting?  Are you living for Jesus to-day?  Are you living for Jesus to-day, to-day?  Are you living for Jesus to-day?  O tell me, my friend and my brother, are you living for Jesus to-day?” Selah! If one has been genuinely converted, this kind of love, concern and discipline can often win them back from the paths of sin!   Ron

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