Purpose of Church Discipline

Published Date: 
August 8, 2004
Source Name: 
Notes on the Pentateuch (p.458)
Source Author: 
C. H. Mackintosh

C. H. Mackintosh, in his Notes on the Pentateuch written in the 1800's, discusses church discipline in his commentary on Numbers 5:3 - "that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell." Some oppose church discipline since a perfect church in this world is impossible anyway. He replies, "It is not the presence of judged evil that defiles, but the allowance and sanction of evil." That is, a church is not defiled by having sinners in the church; it is defiled by allowing sin to remain among the congregation without responding to it.

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26:9

As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.