One of the less glamorous jobs God has given the church is to stand up for truth and integrity. It’s not a particularly popular responsibility at a time when Christians are often accused of being judgmental in our post-modern, relativistic, politically correct culture.
Never the less, the church called to root out false teaching and confront members who engage in sinful behavior. And individually, we as Christians are called to help each other by holding one another accountable.
One of the criticisms of online churches is that they simply can’t do this. The theory is accountability in the online world is difficult, and if an online church leader confronts a person about false doctrine or sinful behavior they will just run off to another online church that won’t confront them.
Is this true?
Accountability in the online world is difficult. And those who are confronted about heresy or sinful patterns very well may leave.
But honestly, how is this any different than in the offline world?
Ultimately church membership is about commitment and mutual-submission, to God and one another. If there is no commitment or mutual-submission, then accountability and confronting heresy will never work – online or offline.
Do you agree? Or do you have reason to believe accountability and church discipline are more or less difficult for online churches?[image by bestrated1]