Are There People Whom Christians Should Shun? Part 2 | Little Lessons with David Servant

Are There People Whom Christians Should Shun? Part 2 | Little Lessons with David Servant

Are there people whom Christians should shun? Part two. Hey, welcome to today’s little lesson. If you missed the last lesson, we were talking
about biblical shunning. I hope that you can first go back to that
one because we’re going to pick up where we left off. All right? We’re right in the middle of Matthew 18 which
is a classic scripture that has a part eventually at the end that is definitely an example of
shunning. Jesus said, “If your brother sins,” some manuscripts
from which our bibles are translated say if brother sins against you, implying that this
is a personal event, you go to him privately. If he listens to you, you’ve won your brother. But if he doesn’t listen to you, you don’t
stop. You don’t give up. You don’t call the pastor. You don’t call the deacon boy. You don’t call the prayer chain. You get one or two with you and they go with
you to try to work this thing out if it’s a personal offense. As I closed in our last lesson, I said if
they’re smart folks, they’re going to want to listen to both stories before they jump
on anybody’s side, right? Because who wants to get on the wrong side. That is why someone said God gave us two ears
to hear both sides of every story. It’s very possible that when you get one or
two to come with you, again, working towards reconciliation, motivated by love for the
offender, that you may discover that you bear some guilt yourself in this breach in your
relationship if that’s what we’re dealing with here. Now, if we’re dealing with, you know, just
a sin that your brother has committed, there’s other things that regulate going to him. Jesus talked about why do you look at the
spec on your brother’s eye when you got a log in your own eye. That’s a good motivation right there not to
confront somebody because you have no right to confront them for their sin because you
are just as much guilty, if not more guilty yourself, which actually is… If you get to acknowledge that, that’s a great
thing. You know? But if you have a log in your eye, that generally
tends to make you blind in your eye. How you can see the specs? That’s the question. All right? It’s really a condition of our hearts. We’re looking at this from two vantage points,
the personal offense vantage point and the general you sinned and what should we do about
it. I’m mostly focusing on the personal offense. Jesus said, “If he refuses,” now this is the
last verse, Matthew 18:17, “If he refuses to listen to them,” that is you and the one
or two that you brought with you, so this person is just boneheaded to the core, “Tell
it to the church. Tell it to the church.” Now then, there is debate as to what Jesus
means by tell it to the church because in the bible the church is used in three different
ways, the church universal, which is all over the world and also up in heaven, and then
there is the local regional church, the church in Ephesus, the church in Corinth, the church
in Thessalonica, and then there’s the local church and I don’t mean the local church in
the region building church, I’m talking about there’s only one other kind of church talked
about and that is the house church, the small group church. No matter what kind of church you might be
involved in, if you’re involved in a big box church, I don’t think Jesus meant tell this,
in this case, to the whole big box church. I think that what he’s saying there is tell
it to the house church, you know, because that’s how people met in the early church
for the first few centuries, right? Right. Okay. Again, this would be a confrontation by the
whole church. If he refuses to listen even to the church… He didn’t say talk to the pastors, talk to
the elders, talk to the leadership. No. Tell it to the whole church. Well, he can’t be talking about the big box
church there. You wouldn’t want to get everybody involved
in this. You’d have to get the leadership involved
then. No. Tell it to the church. This is the small group. This is the house church that you both belong
to. Everybody knows you both. Everybody loves you both and it’s confrontational. The whole church confronts the offender. How do you know about it? Because Jesus said, “If he refuses to listen
even to the church.” He didn’t say, “If he refuses to listen to
the leadership of the church, the pastor of the church, the elders of the church.” No. If he refuses to listen to the church, the
whole church, before whom you brought it up before them. See? Just common sense tells you you’re not bringing
this up in front of hundreds of people on a Sunday morning, you know, with the pastor
leading the charge. No. No. No. No. No. Again, we could go onto so many other things
about the church, but there’s so many things that only fit into the context of a smaller
meeting house church when the scripture talks about these things. They don’t make hardly any sense when you
put it into the big box. But if he refuses to listen even to the church,
let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. There’s the shunning. We’re talking about shunning. This is now a form of shunning. Now, how extreme is it? Well, you treat him as a Gentile. Of course, Jesus was talking to all Jews. The Jews and Gentiles didn’t mix so well because
the Gentiles were looked at by the Jews as unclean, but certainly not looked at as not
deserving of some mercy. I mean Jesus ministered to some gentiles,
ministered to a Syrophenician woman’s daughter who was demon possessed, ministered to the
Centurion, a Roman, his son, right, and then of course, in the ongoing drama of redemption,
the Revelation in scripture, Jesus died for all the Gentiles. The church is primarily made up of repentant
Gentiles today, right? Right. When Jesus says, “Let him be to you as a Gentile,”
I don’t think he’s implying that we despise these people, this wayward brother who refuses
to repent. The same true with “let him be to you as a
tax collector.” Now, granted tax collectors were despised,
but the guy who wrote this gospel, we’re reading from Matthew’s gospel here, and Matthew was
a former tax collector. Was he not? Yes, he was. Okay. Even tax collectors deserve to be evangelized. I don’t believe that the shunning is to the
extremity of we absolutely have nothing to do with this dirty person. You know? We won’t even speak to him, look at him. No. No. We say, “Oh my goodness. God still loves you. Jesus died for you. You got to repent. We’ll welcome you back with open arms. Every time we see you, we’re trying to either
subtly or actively remind you of our love that we have for you and how we want you to
repent and that way we can bring you back into fellowship.” Right? Right. Okay? That’s so, so, so, so important we talk about
that in our last lesson. Don’t forget, the second greatest commandment
is to love your neighbor as yourself. The people that we shun, we love them. We love them. We love them. We’re trying to get them back. Now, in our next little lesson, we’ll look
at an example of a guy whom Paul told the entire church to excommunicate, all right,
and look at it in light of what Jesus said here in Matthew 18. Okay? Out of time for now. Thank you so much for joining me. Hope to see you next time. God bless you.

One thought on “Are There People Whom Christians Should Shun? Part 2 | Little Lessons with David Servant

  1. If your eye is single than your body will be full of light. But if your eye is divided than your body will be full of darkness. Why do we Have Division in Our church? Or to take this on a more fundamental level why do we have Divisions at all? After all this is a relevant question considering we have been Seperated from god. Might I kindly consider the question.. is it possible We ourselves have seperated Ourself from God? Or What is seperation? Find this point. Listen and pay close attention to what Jesus says in his parables.

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