Does God in the Bible command that unrepentant wrongdoing members of the congregation must be put out?

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  • BJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    The Bible commands Christians: Quit mixing in company with anyone called a brother that is a fornicator or a greedy person or an idolater or a reviler or a drunkard or an extortioner, not even eating with such a man. 1 Corinthians 5:11. 

    Is this Bible law harsh and demeaning? Just consider this: When a hardened criminal is sent to prison for breaking the law, is that viewed as harsh or coldhearted? 

    No, because the public has the right to safeguard the peace and security of the community. 

    In effect, the criminal is disfellowshipped from law-abiding society during his prison term. 

    Similarly, the Christian congregation is justified in expelling unrepentant wrongdoers from their midst. 

    Why? Because the congregation must be a haven from immoral predators and other willful practicers of sin. 

    Realizing that one sinner can destroy much good, the apostle Paul commanded fellow believers: Remove the wicked man from among yourselves. 1 Corinthians 5:13 

    This action prevents the sinner from spreading corruption in the congregation, and it protects the congregation’s good name. 

    2 John 9:11 

    Everyone that pushes ahead and does not remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, never receive him into your homes or say a greeting to him. 

  • User
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The Bible does NOT teach such a thing.

    The Bible DOES teach something that can be CONSTRUED

    as Paul (rather than God) instructing such a thing.

    Here is the primary passages (note: from Paul):

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1co+5...

    but compare (also from Paul)

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=gal+6...

    Note that the Bible (again: Paul) DOES teach us to avoid the COMPANY of sinful fellow-Christians.

    Clearly

    that is NOT the same

    as instructing the expulsion of such people from the congregation.

  • 1 month ago

    1 Timothy 5:20 

    Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

    Matthew 18:15-17 

    Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. [16] But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. [17] And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, but it DOES NOT SAY they must be shunned on the street, in grocery stores or by their families and friends.  They should be removed from the official church membership, NOT treated like lepers or ignored even when they are desperately ill or otherwise in need.  In case you hadn't heard, Christians are supposed to show mercy, even toward strangers.  Jehovah's Witnesses don't, not toward former JWs.

    I've heard of cases where JWs refused even to visit or receive deathbed visits to or from family members who have left "Jehovah's earthly organization."  Don't anyone bother denying that has happened, or that JWs have turned their backs on ex-members in every possible way, in order to "love them back to Jehovah" 😝  And while this might not have happened to every former JW, they haven't been isolated cases either.  

    "Love them back to Jehovah"--this is the very opposite of love.  It's PUNISHMENT.  It's emotional blackmail.  And the Lord will punish YOU for such cruelty.

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  • Harry
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Yes 2nd Peter 3:9  ! Cor 5;5-6   10;8

    Source(s): bible
  • Carmen
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    There are steps laid out in the Bible for how to proceed in this manner. 

    If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16 But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that `every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector (Matthew 18:15-17) 

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