As Christians, are we supposed to confront sin in other Christians? Does the Bible tell us how and when to do this?
Sin that is ignored will corrupt the whole body – 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (NKJV)Sinning brothers are to disciplined – Matthew 18:15-17 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. (NKJV)Sinning Elders are to be rebuked – 1 Timothy 5:20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear. (NKJV)Idol talkers and deceivers are to be rebuked – Titus 1:13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, (NKJV)Sexual immorality IN PARTICULAR is to be confronted, exposed, judged and dealt with – 1 Corinthians 5:5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (NKJV)Turning a sinner from sin is commended – James 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. (NKJV)The unruly are to be confronted – 1 Thessalonians 5:13-14 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. (NKJV)Those caught in sin are dealt with (not ignored) in gentleness – Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (NKJV)Divisive Christians are to be warned, then rejected – Titus 3:10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, (NKJV)
- 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 – The purity of the body is the motive
- Matthew 18:15-17 – In later verses you find that restoring the sinner to the Body is the motive
- 1 Timothy 5:20 – The proper fear of God is the motive
- Titus 1:13 – The growth of faith is the motive
- 1 Corinthians 5:5 – Salvation of the sinner is the motive
- James 5:20 – Turning the sinner from error is the motive
- 1 Thessalonians 5:13-14 – Maintaining unity and peace is the motive
- Titus 3:10 – Unity and truth are the motive
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done with love. (NKJV)
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