Can't disagree with much you said, NS. I think we should be in the business of restoration. As a preacher myself, I know that I am held by some to a higher standard. That's not a bad thing, actually. If I can't handle that, I need to go into another line of work other than the ministry. But there are those who are ready to pounce on those that stumble, that's for sure.
If the Biblical admonitions of Matthew 18 are followed, restoration is the ultimate goal. Even when a person is dismissed from the assembly, it is not to be permanent. It is a time for the church to mourn and pray over the offending brother and lovingly restore him to fellowship. I know there are qualifications for ministry and sometimes, people can cross the line and be unable to return to a previous position. But that does not mean they are garbage and of no use. They have value to our Lord and believe me, there is a whole lot more they CAN do than they cannot do.
Great post, NS!
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