Marriage Issues in the Church: The Plank in Our Eye

This page is devoted to resources that address problems within the professing Church.  No attempt is being made here to poke fingers in chests or rub noses in dirt.  We are, every one of us, the “chief of sinners.”  The point is for Christians to address the breakdown of Biblical practice and belief in their own midst in marriage, family, and related areas such as sexuality.  Integrity calls us to this, honesty calls us to this, the need to see ourselves honestly to temper our natural tendency to look down on others (or to resist the latter by minimizing both our sins and their’s).  Caring for each other requires this.  Constructive self-criticism is for the honor of God, as well as the pastoral care and welfare of His church, our marriages, our families and our communities.  Beyond this, it is what will give us credibility as we lovingly call others to repentance and try to serve as salt and light.


“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”  Matthew 7:3-5
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of gentleness, considering yourselves lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”  Galatians 6:1-3
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God…”  1 Peter 4:17a