Puritan Board Freshman
What is a person who has been excommunicated from a church for unrepentant sin supposed to do if the church closes its doors? How are they to be restored (assuming they have repented)?
I don't know what you are saying. It sounds like once someone is removed from the church they would never be welcome there again. If someone has repented then they ought to be reinstated as a member of the church. Obviously not to a leadership position (at least not right away) and should monitored to ensure true, ongoing, repentance.They take their "lines" to another church. The Church of Christ is one Holy Catholic Church.
I did not realize that churches actually would close their door. I thought they would remove all leadership positions, bar from the table, and witness to them as if they were an unbeliever.What is a person who has been excommunicated from a church for unrepentant sin supposed to do if the church closes its doors? How are they to be restored (assuming they have repented)?
I thought Clark meant if a particular congregation or denomination closed down! Otherwise they can be restored to the same congregation or denomination, unless they move to another town, when they could also take their lines with them when looking for another congrgation.if the church closes its doors?
Well the sad thing is that often as not the different denominations/congregations do not take each other seriously enough as parts of the one, visible catholic Church to do this kind of business properly. Therefore someone leaves one church - maybe in a huff - e.g. under suspension from communion for adultery, drunkennes or embezzlement or whatever, and is immediately received into communion in another denomination/congregation with no relevant Qs being asked. I know it might sometimes be difficult or impossible to ask relevant Qs.Thanks for your responses, they were helpful. I hadn't considered the catholicity of the church in regards to my question.