When Our Brother's or Sister’s Faith is Threatened - A Sign of Christian Love
There are times when the old Adam takes hold of members of a congregation, and they become lax in church attendance, giving, attendance at the Lord's Table, and in bringing up their children in the fear and wisdom of God. They may join some organizations which have goals incompatible with the faith professed by the members, or they may live impenitently in some open sin.
One situation requiring church discipline is membership in a Christless organization. Most lodges, with their rituals, ceremonies, prayers, and philosophies of life, are in this category. Though stating that they are not religious, they have prayers which exclude Christ, teach a “work righteousness” and join in worship with those of many different faiths and denominations. God says that we are to "Come out from among them and be separate" (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Before a member, or a child of a member, considers joining any organization, it would be well to contact Pastor and ask him about the particular organization.
Others in need of church discipline are those who demonstrate their disregard for God's Word. This is most often evident by their continued absence from the Lord's House on the day the congregation's members have agreed to gather together to worship and praise their Savior God. This is truly serious. Our spiritual life is created, nurtured, strengthened and grows only through contact with the Word and Sacraments. We should thank God that we have people concerned about us and love and thank them for the admonition they bring. May God use their contact to call us to repentance and a new life.