They Excommunicated My Dad

Isaac Adams | November 15, 2016

One Sunday after our church service, the senior pastor extended his hand to greet my dad, one of his fellow elders. Yanking his hand away, my dad jetted past him. I sometimes question why God let that instance from six years ago sear my memory. Frankly, I don’t know.

But I do know that like this memory, God used my dad’s excommunication for good. I hope this testimony shows that. I hope it encourages churches to not shirk what God requires for their good and, most importantly, for his name’s sake (see Matt. 18:15–17; 1 Cor. 5).

I suspect many pastors fear obeying Jesus’s command in this area because they dread the strife that could result. Judging by what happened with my dad and the reactions from my church, my family, and myself, I understand that fear. But I hope this testimony will help you overturn that fear and embrace faithful obedience to Jesus’s commands.

Redeemed Disaster 

I love my dad. Though I’ll reference hard memories, I won’t dwell on his sin here.

Given problems in my family at the time, some church members questioned if my dad should still serve as an elder (see 1 Tim. 3:4). He eventually left…

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