Wall Street Journal on Church Discipline

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.

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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.”

Click here to read the rest of this article…

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”:

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2 Responses to Wall Street Journal on Church Discipline

  1. Powerful thoughts, Brah….

    Thanks for sharing them, as they were really on-point/convicting (as are nearly all of your posts). Love your site, and thanks for all the hard work 4 the KINGDOM you and Brother Rob do.

    On a dufferent note,

    I was writing because I recently wrote a post on the issue of AIDS and how one could go about dealing with it practically (or even if the issue was worth dealing with at all). I really enjoyed the articles on your site…..and I was hoping that perhaps you’d be interested in dropping by my “lair” and sharing some of your thoughts on the issue. Fair warning, though….the post was prolific….but I really placed alot of thought into it and I was wanting feedback on it so I could be sharpened on the subject (especially seeing that as a Human Social Worker I’ll be dealing with this issue).

    Again, only if you’re interested….but I’d love to have you drop by…..

  2. Excellent post, Brah.

    Powerful thoughts, Brah….

    Thanks for sharing them, as they were really on-point/convicting

    Don’t know where this would fit in, but one passage of the Word that immediately comnes to my mind is this:

    On a dufferent note,

    I didn’t know where to place this, but I was writing because I recently wrote a post on the issue of AIDS and how one could go about dealing with it practically (or even if the issue was worth dealing with at all). I really enjoyed the articles on your site…..and I was hoping that perhaps you’d be interested in dropping by my “lair” and sharing some of your thoughts on the issue. Fair warning, though….the post was prolific….but I really placed alot of thought into it and I was wanting feedback on it so I could be sharpened on the subject (especially seeing that as a Human Social Worker I’ll be dealing with this issue).

    Again, only if you’re interested….but I’d love to have you drop by…..

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