"And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church."

Jesus Christ   Mat 18:17

When contested matters  of controversy arise that could potentially put members of the body out of the church, should these decisions be done in secrecy or should it be done transparently?   Could violating this principal cause division, mistrust and strife in the church of God?  Did Jesus the son of God, our Messiah,  know what he was talking about?  Is this teaching out dated or is there an incredible about of wisdom in this instruction?  The truth is as simple as it sounds.


Men of God always made these decisions transparently:


1Ki 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared

the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.


I Tim 9:19 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.


Act 5:11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.


Ruth 4:11 And all the people who were at the gate and the elders, said, “We are witnesses."


Num 35:24 then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood according to these judgments.


Ex 18:16 When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”


Jos 20:6 And he shall live in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment


Deu 25:7  And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate, unto the elders,


Mat 18:17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church.