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Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2003 9:43 am 
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What should we do with a brother or sister that leaves the church?

Have you found any Bible verse that deals with this issue? If so, which ones?

How would you apply <a href='http://www.biblestudynotes.org/cgi-bin/bib_search/bible.cgi?SEARCH=jesus+king+lord&BIBLE=King%20James%20Version&BOOK=40&CHAP=18&SUBMIT=Search&CASE=ON&HILITE=ON&FIRST=OK&R1=R' target='_blank'>Matthew 18:12-14</a>?


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Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 4:15 pm 
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It depends on why they leave.

If they left because God told them that He wants to us them elsewhere, then it is okay that they left.

They may have left because they moved out of town. That's okay, too.

If they left because God is not active in the church, (minister not in touch with God, lay leadership focusing on programs instead of God's will, etc.) then they also left for a good reason.

If they left for any self-centered reason, (too many to list) it is not necessarily God's will that they leave and someone should probably visit to find out what happened. (Like an exit interview that an employer does once they know someone is leaving.) This visit is not to turn them back in, or to force them back, but to learn what happened that caused them to leave.

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Close the door and move on.


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bumpas wrote:
Close the door and move on.

<_< Don't you think that is a little cut and dried bumpas? You can't really be serious. Such a nonchalant approach to people you have worshipped with - possibly for years - would certainly reveal more about you than their leaving does about them.


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I feel it's important that you try to find out why they left. Visit with them; pray with them if possible, if not then for them. The reason they left may require reconciliation between parties involved, whether it be other members, pastor, deacon, or whoever. Of course, as was mention previously God may have another plan for their life. But it's important to communicate with them.
Matthew 18:12-14 is an excellent verse to remember. Every person is unique and special to God. We are responsible to love, encourage, and build up the body, and I believe God will someday hold us accountable to how we treated our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Also see: Hebrews 3:13, 1 Thess. 5:14, 1 John 2:9, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Peter 1:22, Col 3:12-13


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