INTRO: We are continuing our series on the second point, the process of dealing with sin. We have considered the first area, that of interpersonal wrongdoing. We saw a three step process. Then we looked at wrongdoing in the instructional realm. Here we saw a two step process. A teacher or preacher who errs doctrinally is to be rejected after a first and second admonition.
This morning we will begin to view the realm of sin in the individual realm. The first type of situation we will be considering is a serious sin which affects the church. Romans 14:7 says that no person lives to himself and no person dies to himself. In other words, our lives affect others and so does our sin. When certain sins are committed, though they are not directly against another believer, they may affect the whole church. When these sins are of a serious nature, such a person is to be excommunicated from the church. It is this type of situation we will be looking at this morning.