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How should immorality be disciplined in the church?

Submitted: 2/22/2005
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Question: What kind of discipline if any, should two youths, boy and girl, unmarried, who are baptized and supposedly have had sexual relations, face from the church's pastor? Should the whole congregation be made aware of these actions?

Answer: There is no universal answer to this question. If it is a persistent activity with no willingness to repent, then public exposure may be necessary. If it happened and is over and both kids are repentant, then probably not. This is the kind of difficult situation that church leaders agonize over. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Leaders must be sure they have all the facts, then they must seek God as to how to handle the situation in the most redemptive way.