When some dissent, are the assembly's decisions therefore not binding?

When some dissent, are the assembly's decisions therefore not binding?

This cannot be answered lightly. Rebellion is always justified in the eyes of those who rebel. It is always classified by God as being akin to witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). Those who openly resist the decision of the assembly betray their willful character. In the rare cases when the dissenters are right, they can trust God to give them an opportunity to speak privately with the leaders and effectively express their concern from Scripture. They can trust the power of God's Word to work for blessing. They can cry mightily to God in secret.

"Every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6; 21:25) was a dangerous and God-dishonoring condition. So it is in the assembly. The assembly's decisions are binding. God views the assembly as a unit.

In the rare cases where an assembly's decision is not consistent with the Scriptures, God holds the leaders and the assembly responsible (1 Chronicles 21:17). In His governmental dealings, the results will be telling (1 Corinthians 11:30-32).

D. Oliver