A Conversation on Church Discipline

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A lot of people have asked me recently about whether it’s okay to let a church member undergoing discipline “resign” from membership, just prior to excommunication. This is kind of, I guess, similar to Richard Nixon quitting the presidency when it looks like he doesn’t have the votes in the House to avoid impeachment.

My friend Greg Wills, a Baptist historian and expert on church discipline, and I were recently walking into a conference together, and I stopped and asked him about it. Listen to this “Moore to the Point Micropoint” about this issue, and let me know what you think.

You are part of a family and family is difficult because family – every family – is an echo of the gospel.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency 
of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.