Status of excommunicated after a church closes

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Doulos 2

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)?
 

Peairtach

Puritan Board Doctor
They take their "lines" to another church. The Church of Christ is one Holy Catholic Church.

The "lines" from the Session just explain that the person is a communicant member in good standing or is a communicant member who is under suspension for a period or sine die until it is appropriate to restore her/him.

I don't know if they'd call them his/her "lines" in America, or something else (?)

Some/many churches, of course, can be very bad for receiving people with few Qs asked, thus undermining Christ's sanctions in His Church.
 

Joseph Scibbe

Puritan Board Junior
They take their "lines" to another church. The Church of Christ is one Holy Catholic Church.
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.
 

CIT

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
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 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.

Am I missing something?
 

Peairtach

Puritan Board Doctor
if the church closes its doors?
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.

Sorry.

You don't prevent someone who is under discipline from coming to church unless they are disruptive.
 

Herald

Administrator
Staff member
Clark,

I suppose it would be a good thing for the repentant Christian to explain the situation to the new church he wishes to attend. Allow there to be a sense of accountability. If it's a Presbyterian church they could make there repentance known to the denomination.
 

Doulos 2

Puritan Board Freshman
Thanks for your responses, they were helpful. I hadn't considered the catholicity of the church in regards to my question.
 

sdesocio

Puritan Board Freshman
Yeah I'd take the John Newton line, if they are not a member of the church and not a christian they are 'objects of our compassion', If someone had been excommunicated, and wanted to join another church it would be the simple matter of explaining that as part of the membership process in the next church. Praise God if this is a real situation.
 

Peairtach

Puritan Board Doctor
Thanks for your responses, they were helpful. I hadn't considered the catholicity of the church in regards to my question.
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.

The reason may be that people are respecting the individual and/or family sensitivities more than the godly Christ-ordained order of congregations, denominations and more importantly of Christ's Holy Visible (Reformed) Catholic Church.

But we need to remember that church sanctions are an institution of Jesus Christ for the warning and rescue of His wayward people and we shouldn't treat His institutions in a cowboy-like fashion.
 
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