The Church's Authority. (Please give comments of advice)
Published May 3rd, 2018; Updated May 8th, 2018
Main point summary
The Church has been given authority because of Jesus' very near presence when we gather. In light of this we keep each other accountable for our sinful actions.
m “If your brother sins against you,
n go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.
If he listens to you,
you have o gained your brother.
But if he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
that every charge may be established
p by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them,
q tell it to the church.
And if he refuses to listen even to the church,
r let him be to you as s a Gentile and s a tax collector.
Truly, I say to you, t whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed 1 in heaven.
Again I say to you, if two of you u agree on earth about anything they ask,
v it will be done for them
by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three are w gathered in my name,
x there am I among them.”
1 Corinthians 5:4b says almost the exact same thing and in a very similar context. Both are dealing with Church Discipline. "gathered in my name"