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Church Discipline

Church discipline conjures images of witch trials and inquisitions, but, practiced with humility and the goal of restoration, it should be a regular practice of the church. As the visible body of Christ on earth, the church is to be holy as God is holy. But moving toward a more disciplined church involves many issues in a day when it's impossible to know who's who in a 5,000-member church, or when a church risks lawsuits for disciplining members.

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  • Sam Hinn: Benny Hinn's brother steps aside as Sanford pastor -
    In a letter to the congregation, Sam Hinn, 51, said he was temporarily stepping aside to devote time to his marriage, after ending a relationship, a church member said. The letter did not specify what kind of relationship Sam Hinn was involved in or with whom. (Sentinel)
  • Fate of Baptist pastor accused of abuse is in the hands of his flock
    Since Rev. Travis Smith’s arrest in October on sexual abuse and statutory rape charges, which follow similar allegations from 2010, forgiveness from his congregation has become critical to his survival as its pastor. It is this group of about 100 souls — not a bishop, nor a disciplinary committee nor national church leaders at a faraway headquarters — who will decide Smith’s future in the Southern Baptist Convention. (Post-Dispatch)

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