Robert Capon On The Church

I’m not sure what I think about this yet. What do you think?

“The church, in short, has a role to play only here and now; so if it wants a role model for its operations, it should imitate the kingdom’s present, nonjudgmental way of doing business, not its final one. It definitely should not attempt, in this world, to do the kind of sorting out that the kingdom so plainly refuses to do until the next. But alas, beginning right in apostolic time – indeed, beginning even in Scripture itself – excommunication has been one of the church’s favorite indoor sports. Second in popularity only to jumping to conclusions about who should be given the heave-ho first. The practice of tossing out rotten types while the net is still in the water has been almost everybody’s idea of a terrific way to further the kingdom. Everybody’s, that is, except Jesus’ — the one who put the church in the business of being fishers of men to begin with. The net result, to use an apt phrase for such ineptness, has been an operation that looks as if it is being run more by his competitors than by his partners” – Robert Capon, Kingdom, Judgment, Grace (128).

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3 Responses to “Robert Capon On The Church”

  1. Ken Says:

    Although I agree with his sentiment regarding the judgmental attitude of many in the church today, there is clearly a basis for church discipline in the scriptures. He seems to be going overboard in this statement.

  2. Dennis Griffith Says:

    Sounds to me kinda like Dr. Spock does Ecclesiology: No discipline, ONLY positive reinforcement. Problem is, despite Capons aversion to church discipline, Paul, in his letters to the Corinthians, encouraged and instructed the church in this practice. In Galatians 6.1 Paul tells us that we have a responsibility to “restore” erring believers. In Ephesiasns Paul tells us to “speak the truth in love” to one another. Taking Galatians and Ephesians together seems to suggest that sometimes we need to say unpleasant things to one another. But, if Poverbs 27.6 is to be believed, that’s better that Capon’s idea of a Happy Little World.

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