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Excommunication is the formal removal of an individual from church membership and the informal separation from that individual. Matthew 18:15-20 gives the procedure and authority for a church to do...
Churches should be careful about disciplining believers who are living in sin. They are just as saved as everyone else, they are just out of fellowship with God and the church. But God does discipline his children, even to taking their life early as was about to happen in First Corinthians 5:5. Salvation is a free gift from God, but after we have been given the seal of the Holy Spirit and are born of God, we can lose our life early, and all our rewards burned up. We can not lose our salvation because Christ bore our sins on the cross and we can no longer be condemned to hell. John 3:18. But God' wrath does come on the Sons of disobedience. Notice it says sons. These are children of God who are saved because they have believed, but Just will not obey their heavenly Father. But this kind of discipline should only be done as a last resort, and should not be over doubtful things, or things that are not clearly spelled out in scripture as sin. Drunkeness is sin, but not drinking in moderation. Tobacco use is not mentioned in the bible. We are all sinners to a degree, so do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We can not add our own rules and regulations to what the bible says and make them binding on everyone. We are to correct those who are living in out and out sin. Adultery, fornication, drunkenness, homosexuality, proud, boasters of themselves. We can bar them from fellowship. Ephesians 4:30 tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit in whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Born again believers can be living in sin. But we are not to associate with them and treat them as an unbeliever.
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