If a Christian Pastor or leader, how do you handle bringing correction to individuals?
Do you confront those who have blatant sin or is your style more passive?
Correction as a leader is the same whether you are a Christian leader or not. First in a public setting you sit down and talk to the individual about what they are doing. if they do not listen you take someone with you, not to gang up on them but to make sure the individual can't get into a he/she said argument. If that doesn't work then the Bible states in Titus we are to walk away from them and pray for them.
The process of bringing correctness to a brother or sister is found in Matthew 18, "15 “If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector." ESV.
While the punishment seems harsh, today we call it tough love, you do it to be mean but to try and let the person see what they are doing not only to themselves but also to their friends. As a parent I know tough love is hard but I can also see where if you let everyone get away with what they want to do how it will bring down the whole. This is called co-dependency. I hope this at least helps to answer your question.
One thing you don't want to do is do it in front of other people, call that person into the office sit down and you bring it up ask them are they having some type of problem in that area...if they don't talk about it than you might want to give them some scriptures to show them the sin that they are doing and what God says about the sin. Because believe it or not many people don't even know what some sins are or if what they do is considered sinning.
Try to meet with them again if need be you might have to bring someone else in if there's another party involved in the sin. What you never want to do is beat them up for the sin that they are doing because this could cause them to run away from the church and God and God never beat anyone up for sin He dealt with it told them and they went on and sinned no more.
Now let's say this person just simply refuses to admit than you have a different approach...but remember the key is to help them so that they don't do that sin no more...
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