Today the Wall Street Journal did an article on the often forgotten and much needed practice of Church discipline. It examined several churches across the country that have taken up this practice and the results it has had. One of these examined churches was First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals, Alabama pastored by Jeff Noblit. In this article entitled, “Banned from Church, Reviving an ancient practice, churches are exposing sinners and shunning those who won’t repent”, Noblit is given a quick blurb about the effects church discipline has had on their church.
Of course the Wall Street Journal heralds the seemingly “negative” aspects of church discipline rather than the need for it and its often positive result. As seen in this sad portrayal here. Here is what it said about Noblit:
“First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals, Ala., a 1,000-member congregation, expels five to seven members a year for “blatant, undeniable patterns of willful sin,” which have included adultery, drunkenness and refusal to honor church elders. About 400 people have left the church over the years for what they view as an overly harsh persecution of sinners, Pastor Jeff Noblit says.”
Also don’t forget to check out how you can attend the next True Church Conference at First Baptist Church Muscle Shoals by clicking the following image below, which just happens to be on “Church Discipline: The Missing Key to True Church Growth”: