Although every church has wonderfully gifted counselors, the reconciliation and restoration of sinning Christians is not a ministry for one, or two, or three individuals. It is the ministry of each church’s entire congregation! We believers are responsible for others, for we are our brothers and sisters’ keepers.
Thus, EVERY Spirit-filled believer is a Christian counselor who is expected to lead “fallen” believers to a higher level of spirituality through example, through prayer, and through sound discipleship. Furthermore, when using God’s Word to correct a sinning believer’s behavior, we must be sure to instruct every sinning believer about the beneficial ways he or she can put God’s Word into practice.
There’s no carnal/fleshly way to accomplish this responsibility, because to reconcile and restore a believer back to a productive spiritual life we must minister to him or her on a spiritual level. This spiritual protocol should be used whenever Christians fall into traps of despair, depression, discouragement, sexual immorality, substance abuse, and so forth.
When churches do not function as a healing community to such people, then the CHURCH’S witness and/or reputation, as a whole Body, is besmirched. We who are spiritual believers, time and time again, are guilty of tainting the CHURCH’S witness and/or reputation when we shirk our duty to help reconcile and restore individuals “overtaken” by sin and/or addictions (temptations). We who are spiritual believers, time and time again, have tainted the CHURCH’S witness and/or reputation when we fail to use all of the Holy Spirit’s resources that God has made available to us. We who are spiritual believers, time and time again, have tainted the CHURCH’S witness and/or reputation when we wound or kill our “fallen” brothers and sisters with our “friendly fire”—our hateful criticisms, unloving correction methods, and exclusive fellowship.
How willing are we to do good works for good works’ sake, as opposed to doing good works because we want our works to be praised by men and women? How willing are we to put our own reputations, lives, and/or personal possessions/money on the line to help anyone who has been labeled as too far-gone to help? AMEN.
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do go unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10, KJV; cf. John 9:4; 1 Timothy 6:18).