Church discipline is a difficult thing. I know the Bible has teaching regarding its necessity. The foundational assumptions of community and fellowship in our present experience of “church” in 2012 as contrasted to that in the 1st century are very problematic for me. So, I confess my own concerns, questions, insecurities, hesitancies (or whatever other word you want to you) when it comes to the application of the biblical principle of church discipline. The following is a “church discipline contract” sent to a member of the Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA (where Mark Driscoll is the Pastor). Just reading it makes me go… “Whoah” (in a shocked and not sure what to do with it tone). And then I read the back story. You can too…here and here…and then it made me go – “Oh no!!! Dear Jesus no!”
What do you think? Would you sign this? Is this healthy? Right? Biblical?