7918 excommunication

7918 excommunication

The last but reversible step in church discipline, resulting in exclusion from the fellowship of believers. The grounds that Scripture suggests for excommunication include public sin and immorality.

Jesus Christ authorises the church to excommunicate a sinning brother

Mt 18:15-18 The binding of sinners is thought to refer to their exclusion from God’s people, and loosing, to their restoration after repentance (compare Mt 16:19).

Paul exhorts the Corinthian church to excommunicate an immoral brother

1Co 5:1-6 By “hand this man over to Satan” (see also 1Ti 1:20) Paul means to expel him, by putting him out into the devil’s territory, in the hope that being officially ostracised, he might repent and forsake his wicked way. Such discipline was necessary not only for the reclaiming of the sinner but also for the safety and purity of the church (verse 6). See also 1Co 5:11-13

Excommunicated offenders who repent are to be lovingly restored to fellowship

2Co 2:5-11 This passage probably refers to the offender mentioned in 1Corinthians chapter 5.

See also

6040sinners
6112banishment
7020church, the
8230discipline
8341separation

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