I am starting this thread to keep from derailing another one. In the other thread (http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=84311) Old Regular stated a situation and Annsi implied that it was a Matthew 18 situation. There is a difference between a sin against God and a trespass against a brother or sister. This seems to be a major problem in the so called modern church. Most churches today do not want to make a distinction between the two for fear of making some one mad. God is the only one that can forgive sin, the offended individual or the local church is the one that can forgive trespasses using Mathew 18.