The Truth about Matthew 18Select the image to read or print this booklet online, or visit our literature request form to order a free copy.

Everyone experiences conflicts and offense throughout our lives, but how do we handle them? Do we become angry and resentful?  Do we seek revenge?  What is the best way to manage such difficult situations?  Who should be involved and what steps should be taken first?  Christ told us specifically how to handle conflict and offenses among brethren. Tragically, His instructions for reconciliation have been ignored, misused, and abused more often than not. What is the reason for instructing Christians to first go alone and discuss the offense between privately? If that fails, why are we to then take witnesses? What do the Scriptures mean by “tell it to the church”? Are we to involve entire congregations in the offense? Are brethren justified in disregarding the first two steps and going straight to their local pastor? If the accused refuses to listen to the ministry, why are they no longer considered members of God’s Church? Christ said that whatever is bound or loosed on earth will be bound and loosed by the Father. Does this statement mean that God sanctions anything a minister decides? What was the Savior’s intent when He said, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them”? Was He simply talking about a gathering of brethren? Could it be that sincere believers and ministers alike are directly violating Christ’s command?  Our booklet explains the complete truth about Christ’s instructions found in Matthew 18. Within the pages of this booklet is an honest review of Christ’s instructions that answers these questions and many more.