The evangelicals have discovered confession. Caveat emptor, fundies.
A member confesses an extra-marital affair, but refuses to end it. The pastor adheres to the Lord’s prescription for confronting sin in the Gospel of Matthew and takes it to others. When he wanted to send a mailing to all parishioners about it, the fur began to fly, legally speaking. The DMN covered it:
Confront the person one to one, then with several others, then “tell it to the church.” At every step, the person is asked to stop the offending behavior.
In this case, the man refused the private interventions and said he was quitting the church, church officials said. But Watermark’s bylaws say a member “may not resign from membership in an attempt to avoid such care and correction.”
“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” I didn’t know that was in Matthew.