Discipline (Separate page)

           D I S c i p l i n e        (  25  RELATED  PHRASES )                      

         The  word  Discipline  appears  2,017  times in the writings of EGW     See page on original site

         +    Discipline   ( relating to the Church )    See Church Discipline

         +    Proper Discipline   (  )       >     Correct Discipline

         +    Mental Discipline    ( 40 )     >    acquire mental discipline

         +    Strict Discipline   (  )    +    Rigid Discipline   (  )     >    Stern Discipline

         +    Severe Discipline   (  )


         Related words:    See Correction    >    work of correction  (  )   >

      C h u r c h     D i s c i p l i n e           

           +     Church Discipline   (  )        See  Discipline   
                                 >   offending member  ( 8 )   >  cut off the offending member  ( 4 )

        ++     Disfellowshipped  ( 9 )   >   disfellowshipped without cause
                                         >   dismiss from their fellowship  (  )  
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  Key   +++     separated from the church  ( 31 )    >   must be separated from the church  (  ) 

                     >    turned out of the church  ( 4 )    >    cut off offending member  ( 4 )

                           ►++   separate from the church  ( 1 )    >   separate him from the church  ( 2 )                               

           +     uproot from the church  (  )

  Christ’s instruction as to the treatment of the erring repeats in more specific form the teaching given to Israel through Moses: “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in anywise rebuke thy neighbor, that thou bear not sin for him.” Leviticus 19:17, margin. That is, if one neglects the duty Christ has enjoined, of trying to restore those who are in error and sin, he becomes a partaker in the sin. For evils that we might have checked, we are just as responsible as if we were guilty of the acts ourselves.  Desire of Ages, page 441.3


                 Section by Ellen White about Church Discipline -  Testimonies Vol. 7 page 260-263


                              - -    Deal  with  the  erring                                                           

              +      . . . with the erring   ( 94 )        See also   dealing with one another
deal with the erring   ( 27 )    

                             ++    How to deal with the erring  ( 11 )    

                                          >►   deal gently with the erring  ( 1 )
                                          >►   God - deals gently with the erring ( 3 )
                                          >►   Divine teacher bears with the erring  ( 3 )
                        ♦  Deal Justly with the Erring   (Section in Chapter 10, Test to Ministers)

           ►   dealing with the erring ( 33 )    ►    In dealing with the erring   ( 18 )  
                                                        >   wisdom in dealing with the erring
                  ►  Christ's rule of dealing with the erring ( 3 )   
                             >    Rules given for the erring  ( 3 )

          ►  Method of dealing with the erring  (  )    ( see  Threatening )

               Excerpt from MR 1158 - Christ's Method of Dealing with the Erring
                  Christ's manner of dealing with the erring         
Christ has directed His church to deal with offenders   (  )                  
                          >   God's method of dealing with sin  
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                 +     If your brethren err  (  )    [ see favorites below ]

                 +    Treatment of the erring  ( 8 )  

                           >>>   5T Chapter 75:  5T, 615 - 617    >>>   Treatment of the Erring:  15MR, 172 to 199


            --    Decisions  Ratified in heaven   ( not ratified in heaven )


                                        d i s c i p l i n e    o f    c h i l d r e n                                                                                           

      +     Discipline in the home   ( 9 )

      +     Discipline the mother gives   (  )

      +     Discipline of every family   (  )

      +     Discipline the child   (  )      >    Discipline the children   (  )


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"In dealing with the erring, harsh measures should not be resorted to; milder means will effect far more.  Make use of the milder means most perseveringly, and even if they do not succeed, wait patiently; never hurry the matter of cutting off a member from the church.  Pray for him, and see if God will not move upon the heart of the erring.  Discipline has been largely perverted.  Those who have had very defective characters themselves have been very forward in disciplining others, and thus all discipline has been brought into contempt.  Passion, prejudice, and partiality, I am sorry to say, have had abundant room for exhibition, and proper discipline has been strangely neglected.  If those who deal with the erring had hearts full of the milk of human kindness, what a different spirit would prevail in our churches.  May the Lord open the eyes and soften the hearts of those who have a harsh, unforgiving, unrelenting spirit toward those whom they think in error.  Such men dishonor their office and dishonor God. They grieve the hearts of his children, and compel them to cry unto God in their distress.  The Lord will surely hear their cry, and will judge for these things." Review & Herald, May 14, 1895 also Christian Leadership, page 65.1


Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church, but He has not committed to us the work of judging character and motive. He knows our nature too well to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot from the church those whom we suppose to be spurious Christians, we should be sure to make mistakes. Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself. Were we to deal with these souls according to our imperfect judgment, it would perhaps extinguish their last hope. Many who think themselves Christians will at last be found wanting. Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from appearance, but God judges the heart. The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time. { COL 71.3} 


We should manifest great tact in dealing with one who errs. In the spirit of love and meekness, we should seek to restore him to the fold of Christ; but instead of sympathy toward the wanderer, too frequently a censorious spirit is manifested. Those who have not made the mistake which they condemn in another, stand off in an unapproachable attitude, as if they felt themselves secure from making such a blunder. But let him who thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. If those who condemn another loved as Christ has loved a lost race of rebels, they would by every means possible seek to recover the erring one. They would not take delight in publishing his case, in making his fault appear in the worst light possible, but they would heed the injunction of the Scripture, "Ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness." If you do this, you will probably succeed in bringing our erring brother into fellowship with the church without publishing his errors to the church, or making his fault known to another in any way.  {RH, October 31, 1912 par. 4}


God has been greatly dishonored by the course of many in the medical profession who claim to believe the truth; for in character they have not been representatives of Christ. An inconsistent, unprincipled life in a physician should be looked upon as a matter of grave importance, and he should be dealt with as Christ directed His church to deal with offenders. If an offender will not listen to admonition, and will not change his course of action, he should be separated from the fellowship of the church. Those who take the part of the evil doer and sympathize with him, and give him patronage, place themselves in position where they are an offense to God.  {1MR 209.3}


God has given to men a declaration of His character and of His method of dealing with sin. "The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty." Exodus 34: 6, 7.  "All the wicked will He destroy." "The transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off." Psalms 145:20; 37:38. The power and authority of the divine government will be employed to put down rebellion; yet all the manifestations of retributive justice will be perfectly consistent with the character of God as a merciful, long-suffering, benevolent being.  Great Controversy, page 541.2   Read entire chapter 33 


Our labors in Maine commenced with the conference at Norridgewock, the first of November. The meeting was large. As usual, my husband and myself bore a plain and pointed testimony in favor of truth and proper church discipline, and against the different forms of error, confusion, fanaticism, and disorder naturally growing out of a want of such discipline. This testimony was especially applicable to the condition of things in Maine. Disorderly spirits who professed to observe the Sabbath, were in rebellion, and labored to diffuse the disaffection through the conference. { LS 178.2} 


The church may be called upon to dismiss from their fellowship those who will not be corrected. It is a painful duty that has to be done. Sad indeed is such a step, and it should not be taken until every other means of correcting and saving the one in error has failed. { Ev 368.2} 


If your brethren err, you are to forgive them. When they come to you with confession, you should not say, I do not think they are humble enough. I do not think they feel their confession. What right have you to judge them, as if you could read the heart? The word of God says, “If he repent, forgive him. And if he trespasses against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” Luke 17:3, 4. And not only seven times, but seventy times seven—just as often as God forgives you. { COL 249.2}

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