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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 (...


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If you read the general context of this passage in Corinthians you will find that there is a lot of stuff about church order, roles in the church, how to deal with problems inside and outside the body of believers, etc. The verse you quote in particular starts to make sense when you see it as a reference to church discipline and understand the purpose of ...


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There is no Church teaching that specifically regards making jokes about the Sacraments. In fact, the problem is not really in making jokes as such; the problem lies in speaking disrespectfully about the Sacraments. The key to understanding the Church’s attitude is recalling that the Church considers the Sacraments gestures that confer grace—in other words, ...


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Before reconciling the shunning arrangement with these Scriptures, I'll first explain the situation. Being shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses is a consequence of a person being either disfellowshipped or disassociated. A disfellowshipped person is someone who was previously a baptized member of Jehovah's Witnesses but then was found to be unrepentant in ...


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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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I'm not of the SDA church, but because you ask about SDA opinion specifically. I can tell you adventists cite Mt. 9:3 || Lk. 5:21 to demonstrate that the Catholic Church's claims to forgive sins constitutes "blasphemy": Jesus. . said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’ Then some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is ...


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Beside baptism and marriage, reinstatement is one of the most joyous occasions Jehovah's Witnesses have. It feels very much like it did for the father of the prodigal son at Luke 15:17-24, as well as for the shepherd who found his lost sheep at Luke 15:4-7. All announcements are supposed to be made in the last 3 minutes of a meeting. The reinstatement ...


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In general the phrase "Deliver this man to Satan" seems to imply some form of excommunication or another. The severity of excommunication varies widely among religions. In some religions, like the Jehovah's Witnesses, excommunication carries with it a complete severance from the group. In others, like the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church, it ...


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As a JW, this is an entirely false premise. "Jehovah’s Witness kids grow up knowing that if they ever mess up, their parents will leave them." This is "trying" to describe "disfellowshipping." Which would only happen if an ordained minister turns their back on the congregation unrepentantly. A child that isn't a baptized minister can not be ...


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Essence of priestly celibacy Celibacy = unmarried, although in this context it can also mean perpetual continence, as priests can be married (and unmarried priests have never been permitted to marry). Besides the practical reasons (which can apply to non-priests, too) of being freed from the solicitudes of married life, not being so tied to worldly ...


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Is celibacy essential to the Catholic priesthood? The short answer is no. Celibacy is not essential to the priesthood. In fact the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter was married and traditionally had at least one daughter, St. Petronilla. Her feast day is celebrated at the Vatican on May 31. Priests of Catholic Eastern Rites and priests of the Eastern ...


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In order to answer your question, it is important to establish that discipline in the form of removing an unrepentant wrongdoer from the congregation is a form of judgement authorized by God to preserve the holiness of the congregation. Examples are recorded throughout the scriptures from the time Gods people were organized into a congregation. For ...


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Across denominational lines, the range of practical actions to discipline members can include: Confrontation. To some people, simply pointing out that they are doing something wrong is received as a form of discipline - it can certainly be humbling when this happens. This may be done by a peer or even one in a subordinate relationship, but is more typically ...


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When examining your conscience, as a Catholic preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a book like the Handbook of Prayers, you'll hit this bullet point under the First Commandment: Did I endanger my faith by joining or attending meeting of organizations opposed to the Catholic Faith (non-catholic services, the Communist Part, free-masonry, "...


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For an understanding of this post, please see my answer to How do the Pope, Bishops, Priests relate to one another in the Catholic Church's hierarchy? Disciplining Delinquent Clergy I will consider the practice of the Western Church, governed by the Code of Canon Law, since it is the one I know best. Since the Eastern Churches are governed instead by ...


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The early church did indeed apply this language to specific cases, particularly in relation to God's judgment and church discipline. For example, Chrysostom describes Judas and Job as being "delivered to Satan," and says: Many such instances still occur. For since the Priests cannot know who are sinners, and unworthy partakers of the holy Mysteries, ...


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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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The direct answer to your question is that neither an Adventist Pastor nor any of the Apostles have or had the power to forgive sin. Seventh-day Adventists in common with most Protestant faiths do not practice auricular confession. To God alone is given the right to hear confession and to forgive sin. He is the Great Lawgiver and as David said, "Against you,...


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Unrepentant, blatant and on-going adultery, whether resulting in a pregnancy and/or the break-up of the marriage or not, is condemned by Jehovah’s Witnesses and would almost certainly result in the guilty party being disfellowshipped, or expelled. Here are some extracts from their web site: Some of the offenses that could merit disfellowshipping from the ...


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The survey in question was commissioned by a group called "Cost of Conscience". This is, or was, a group within the Church of England which was originally opposed to the ordination of women priests, and later to lady bishops. It also aimed to protect the interests of persons opposed to women priests, for example by campaigning for the right of parishes to ...


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"Two or three witnesses" is literally two or three people. For example, if a home group leader finds out that an unmarried person in their home group is sleeping with their boyfriend/girlfriend, they might confront them with the home group co-leader, a minister of the church, and an elder or two. "The church" means the whole local congregation. Now I've ...


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As a baptist we refer to this as the Authonomy of the local church. We don't believe as the catholic in a hierarchical universal church, but we see the church as an assembly of saved and baptized bible believing based on the pattern of the family. We believe that the purpose of every local church is to evangelize (Acts 2:47), teach (Tit. 2:1-5), pray (Acts 2:...


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How Have Churches Understood “Handing People over to Satan”? Historically, the church understood Paul’s instruction in one of three ways. One it was a type of curse, a casting out, with repercussions (death) without really any hope of restoration. Two it was a form of exclusion for a believer with a hope of repentance. Three it was also a putting out or ...


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I think one can easily argue that the difference is based on the division the two churches have over papal supremacy As the West felt it truly had supremacy over the whole church, it alone was aggressive in asserting power. Historically the fact that the Roman church also rose up in a government that was persecuting it, and eventually overthrew it's pagan ...


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This is an old question, and Brian Rushton's answer does a great job of describing the various kinds of discipline the Church can take, but let me move this a bit further. The "Informal Discipline" mentioned by Brian is 99.9% of the time the action the Church takes. However, it shouldn't be made to sound like a punishment. We don't "whip" people for not ...


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First, Seventh Day Adventists would more likely use the KIng James Version of the verse or an equivalent Bible version that are deemed more tested. KJV 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. This is God's commission to Christians to go into ...


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The Seventh Day Adventists actually reference Matt 18:18; in their 28 Fundamental Beliefs: "The church derives its authority from Christ, who is the incarnate Word, and from the Scriptures, which are the written Word." The Easy-to-read Version of the bible which you have quoted in your question interprets this verse as referring to forgiveness, ...


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xybrek, I don't think this verse has anything to do with forgiveness of sins. The bible teaches that no one can forgive sins but God: Mark 2 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth ...


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