Main point summary
If someone in the body refuses to repent and be reconciled, despite clear evidence of his wrongdoing, then your decision as the people of God to cut him off has divine approval, because God intends and desires to keep those who intend and desire to honour him.
m “If your brother sins against you,
IF another Christian wrongs you,
n go and tell him his fault,
THEN confront him about the wrong
between you and him alone.
DOING so in private.
If he listens to you,
THEN, IF he repents
you have o gained your brother.
THEN you have brought him back into the right with you.
But if he does not listen,
CONVERSELY, IF he is NOT repentant in private
take one or two others along with you,
THEN confront him with another person,
that every charge may be established
IN ORDER THAT you can substantiate your claim
p by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
BEING witnessed by two or three other people who can validate your claim
If he refuses to listen to them,
NEXT, IF he still doesn’t listen
q tell it to the church.
THEN bring it before the elders for correction
And if he refuses to listen
LASTLY, IF he still does not listen
even to the church,
EVEN THOUGH the church has confronted him
r let him be to you as s a Gentile and s a tax collector.
THEN let him leave and cut him off from your fellowship
Truly, I say to you,
TO EXPLAIN, what I mean
t whatever you bind on earth
IF you establish something among the saints (on earth)
shall be bound in heaven,
THEN it will be approved and acknowledged in heaven (with God)
and whatever you loose on earth
ALTERNATIVELY, IF you release something among the saints/from the saints
shall be loosed 1 in heaven.
THEN heaven will approve accordingly
Again I say to you,
IN OTHER WORDS, I say it again
if two of you u agree on earth about anything they ask,
IF two agree on a way to resolve conflict on earth, seeking the guidance of the Lord,
v it will be done for them
THEN it is a good thing and it shall be accomplished and approved
by my Father in heaven.
BY God's holy approval
For where two or three are w gathered in my name,
BECAUSE IF two or more are together seeking holy counsel on resolving tough issues in the church
x there am I among them.”
THEN the LORD's presence is among them to hear and guide them