Keeping Ranks

” 33 of Zebulun there were fifty thousand who went out to battle, expert in war with all weapons of war, stouthearted men who could keep ranks;” (1Ch 12:33 NKJ)

I’ve been thinking about this passage since I read it yesterday. How much this truth should inform our thinking about our lives as Christians! Paul uses the metaphor of a soldier in a couple of different places:

” 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2Ti 2:3-4 NKJ)

” 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph 6:11 NKJ)

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Wooden Pulpit Media on Church Discipline

If you’re wondering what church discipline is all about, please listen to this podcast by Wooden Pulpit Media, by Rev. Lee Johnson, a fellow RCUS minister, on the subject.  He addresses head-on the idea that church discipline is not loving, and instead shows very clearly that not doing church discipline is what’s not loving, and that doing church discipline rightly is often the only loving thing you can do in a given situation.