I’m making a list. A shortlist, so to speak. A short, concise list, of those who, in the wake of this World Vision fiasco, need to come under strict church discipline. I’m going to make that list, and then I’m going to make it public. Each and every person on that list must receive discipline. They’ve fallen short of the gospel, betrayed the church, and there is no repentance of their sin. And so, what they need, and what they need right now, is discipline. Straight from the Master’s heart to yours.
I’ve been told time and again, by John Piper, Mark Driscoll, The Gospel Coalition, and others that we’re on a desperately slippery slope. It has to stop. The only way to stop this is to stand up, act like men, and properly discipline the church. Yours, mine, all of ours.
So here’s where I suggest we begin:
- All who stand in the way of the release of captives
- All who stand in the way of sight being recovered by the blind
- All who bar the doors, preventing the oppressed from going free
In short, I am convinced that all those who stand in the way of good news being proclaimed to the poor should come under the rigors of proper church discipline. With over 2000 verses of scripture that explore God’s position on poverty and justice, it ought to be clear.
For those who choose to turn a blind eye to these verses, let me be equally clear: you have compromised the gospel. You have fornicated with idols, and you are truly deceived. Church discipline is on its way. You must be held accountable. You will be excommunicated if you fail to repent.
I’ve thought about this list for some time. And do you know whose name I want to start with? In all fairness, it seems as though I should start with my own.
I am guilty. I have stood in the way, i have shut the kingdom’s door in peoples’ faces, I have placed unnecessary burdens on others’ backs. I have played the gatekeeper with smug, self-righteous pride when it is God who decides who comes to the table, God who makes the guest list, God who opens the doors the Kingdom. I am guilty of ignoring the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned.
I am guilty. How about you? What other names should we add to the list?