A Conversation on Church Discipline
Russell Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Crossway, 2004) and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Crossway, May 2009).
- 2009 Nov 24
A lot of people have asked me recently about whether it's okay to let a church member undergoing discipline "resign" from membership, just prior to excommunication. This is kind of, I guess, similar to Richard Nixon quitting the presidency when it looks like he doesn't have the votes in the House to avoid impeachment.
My friend Greg Wills, a Baptist historian and expert on church discipline, and I were recently walking into a conference together, and I stopped and asked him about it. Listen to this "Moore to the Point Micropoint" about this issue, and let me know what you think.