On False Brethren

“Although this Church is never completely free from hypocrites and godless, yet she is bound both to unmask hypocrites so far as she can and by the keys committed to her by Christ to exclude the godless from her company according to Christ’s prescription, Mt. 18:17 (if he refuse to hear witnesses, tell it unto the church; and if he refuse to hear the church also, let him be unto thee as the Gentile and the publican), Rev. 2:2 (… that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them which call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false) … (I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication); but powerfully to recall actual believers, who have relapsed into defection of life or faith, to serious repentance through the same discipline, as St. Paul advises, 1 Cor. 5:5 (deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus).” — Heinrich Heppe, Reformed Dogmatics.