From its beginning in 1893 onwards, the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has sought to exercise ecclesiastical discipline, in accordance with Scripture and in the spirit of Christ. No one takes pleasure in the task, and no one can claim perfection in the execution of it. But still it must be done. And it must be done rightly.
The purposes of Church discipline
The purposes for which Christ has instituted discipline in His Church are of great importance, and also of great benefit for all, especially to those who are disciplined, if they would only respond rightly to it. This page lists these purposes as they are found in the Westminster Confession.
The Church’s responsibility to administer Biblical discipline faithfully
This article demonstrates the Church’s obligation from Christ to exercise discipline in accordance with His will revealed in Scripture. This duty cannot and should not be avoided. See the article here.
The benefits of Church discipline
Although unpleasant and sometimes grievous, the administration of Church discipline in a faithful way reaps benefits to the Church and to individuals, as shown in this article.
Accusations Levelled against a Church Exercising Discipline
In the days in which we live, any Church which seeks to exercise ecclesiastical discipline in accordance with Scripture will be condemned by many. Even some who profess to believe in it show that they do not like it in practice. The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has suffered many accusations over its exercise of discipline, from the beginning of her existence until today. This article deals with these accusations.