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Daniel Kriss

Daniel is pastor at Mount Cathedral Community Baptist Church in Taggerty, Victoria. Daniel has studied theology and has been involved in itinerant preaching since 1999. In 2006, Daniel founded SWAT Camp which helps develop young leaders for Christian ministry. Daniel and his wife Jessica live in Melbourne. You can contact Daniel at daniel@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    Jason Harris

    That’s really good, Daniel. Convicting. God has been using your testimony on this matter to challenge me in recent weeks. How much we need Christ’s grace to work in our relationships.

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    Jeremy

    How do you see the confronting principle working when the other party is a member of a different church or denomination?

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    Daniel Kriss

    Jeremy, I see no difference in the approach….unless you are thinking of a specific situation. Tell me more about what you’re thinking.

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    Jeremy

    Daniel,

    I am thinking of several specific situations, but it is not appropriate to mention them on a public forum.

    What is common trend however, is that when initial confrontation occurs, generally one party will leave for another church and cut of communication. As many churches are ‘independent’ this means the issues rarely are dealt with due to the silo nature of church administration. Alternatively, if both parties stay in the same church, many times 2 cliques are formed.

    Basically, I agree with what you are writing. In practice, I just have not seen confrontation work out well in most cases. Maybe our pride is stronger than we think?

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    Elizabeth

    Challenging post Daniel.

    I have a family friend I need to confront and it’s been 14 years too long. My situation could ruin my relationship with one of my parents, so knowing this I have held off from saying anything. I know this is due to the fear of man, rather than the fear of God.

    I also wondered how Matthew 18 would be relevant in my scenario, considering this person is at a different church which likely fails to implement the Matthew 18 principles.

    If only we feared the Lord as much as we feared man.

    Thank you.

    Pls pray I’d do the right thing in the right spirit.

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    PJ

    ” It is my intention to biblically rebuke those who “cannot” or will not confront other believers in love on any issue that severs the ties of fellowship and partnership.”

    I don’t quite know what to make of this. Is there any reason you took this approach rather than a general discussion of the issue?

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    Daniel Kriss

    Jeremy, I fully appreciate and understand EXACTLY what you mean!!! The one thing that I did not get the time to comment about within this blog was the godly response of the approached one. This is crucial to reconciliation. It is as much sin to respond wrongly when approached as it is for the offended to do nothing!

    Elizabeth, Even if Matthew 18 does not apply in your situation (which I am not so sure about anyway) it is still a good method of approaching another Christian. Certainly will be praying for you……email me if there is anything I can do to help….very passionate about this subject!

    PJ – I am always appreciative of you pulling me up on the way I word things! I took this approach because I know that this is an issue that most are willing to “sweep under the carpet” and I want to lovingly rebuke us all, as I so often need to be on all kinds of matters. A general discussion somehow doesn’t have the same “punch” that this subject requires (in my opinion!)

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