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This is also the case among the Eastern Orthodox - if you're not Orthodox you get as far as the narthex but no further. Their practice is not based solely on scripture, but also on tradition. The basic idea is that the Church is unified as the Body of Christ, and this unity is expressed and sanctified by common participation in the Eucharist; it is therefore ...


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In the words of Jesus: Matthew 18:15-17 (NIV) 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still ...


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Paul, in 1st Corinthians chapter 5 and the third chapters in Titus and in 2nd Thessalonians, mentions disassociation with disruptive and/or lazy so-called believers and/or believers that are "sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people." but this is a church discipline issue. if we're not ...


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This answer reflects my personal opinion, or rather results from my personal studies. I can see two main purposes. Salvation of the sinner The first purpose is to help the person that is being disciplined. This is apparent from Paul's writing to the Corinthians: 1 Cor 5:4-5 (ESV) 4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my ...


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All quotes in this post are taken from "A Chance to Start Over: Church Disciplinary Councils and the Restoration of Blessings" by Elder M. Russell Ballard (an LDS apostle) in the September 1990 Ensign, an official LDS publication. There are two levels of discipline in the Church: informal discipline (at a Bishop's discretion) and formal discipline (which is ...


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“Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe.Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it.Tithing is not so much amatter of dollars as it is a matter of faith.It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not aburden.Our people believe in ...


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Leviticus 19:18: Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. It would appear that this pastor may be an example of this quote: Matthew 7:15: “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ...


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A simple answer to a simple question: Is adultery grounds for excommunication or other discipline ...? ... I'm talking about openly unashamed sinful behaviour. The answer is "Yes". ...and its called "disfellowshiping" instead of "excommunication". Slightly extended... By comments under your question and the obvious fact that this is a personal ...


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I agree with the idea of unbelievers not participating in Holy Communcion, but seekers should be permitted among the congregation if they do not distract--i.e. are truly seeking: From 1 Corinthians 14 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your ...



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