Ed Dingess, I quoted your sentence in my reply to you, and then you replied that you can not disagree more.
In Matthew 18:16, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private” also has Greek renderings that results in the English reading “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault in private”. Neither rendering mentions accountability. That is key, Ed Dingess, because you MUST put accountability into the very words of Lord Jesus. The Christ is talking about that which is HIS remains HIS, and He moves His vessels of mercy to speak His Word to accomplish His plan established from the foundation of the world. You say along the lines of “be accountable to churchmen”; on the other hand, I say Christ sets free and judges.
Accountable: Expected or required to account for one’s actions; answerable. See Synonyms at responsible. (from http://thefreedictionary.com/a…
There’s the rub, right there, Ed Dingess, there is a work “required” and “account” and “one’s actions”. Anything that a believer does that is considered good must by definition be God’s because Lord Jesus said “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19), and again “Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were [worse] culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4-5). People are not good; therefore, any good must be God, and the vessel of mercy has the humble honor to be used by the King of Glory.
Yes, it is very important to speak up when a person sins. Sometimes, people get very angry to yell. Sometimes, people get physically violent to where we die. Either way, live or die, the glory be to the God Most High, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus did not say “be accountable to the church” in this passage Matthew 18 passage. Look at His ministry, He said that He is coming back (Matthew 24). His plan provides that His Bride be spotless. Therefore, being His hands and feet to get that one hundredth lamb to remain in His flock is righteousness (Matthew 18:13).