With the rise of an emphasis on the local church, membership and the authority of elders, some have concluded that a church member needs permission from the elders to leave a church. This was the teaching of congregationalism in contrast to presbyterianism during the puritan era.
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I saw a thread recently on church discipline and examining some of the responses I was wondering if this book is relevant? Anyone want to let me know if this is a valid resource used in Presbyterian tradition or not? Also it seems to say that as soon as the sinner repents the Kirk should...
If the Church is not neglected today, it is often idolized; if Church authority is not disregarded, it is frequently turned absolute.
The Biblical and historically presbyterian position is that Church authority is conditional, and can only confirm the truth and what is good; it binds only...
One of the main aims of Church discipline, which should also be the aim of all Christians, is to seek the peace and purity of Christ’s Church.
It is not always readily clear however, what that principle calls for in particular situations; and the phrase is often readily misused by those who...
The topic of scandal may seem obscure, until one finds oneself in the midst of dealing with one; scandals, in fact, are all around us.
Where does one go for help? Until now there has not been an abundance of reformed resources on the topic. These resources will be especially helpful for...
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Brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am currently studying this issue, and I would be greatly blessed by your help.
The question is on whether or not an elder may ban one of the members of his or any other flock from the church body. I am defining banning as "a public declaration by a session to...
What precisely must one believe to be saved? Given the variety of people’s background, understanding and what is told them of Christianity, even as exampled in Scripture, that is not an easy question to answer.
If people profess serious errors that seem to overturn the fundamentals of...
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I get really hung up on this kind of stuff. How do believers keep each other accountable when Christian Liberty is a thing.
Tattoos, smoking, drinking, Credobaptism vs Paedobaptism, RPW vs NPW, female deacons, head coverings, &c.
Some would view these as sin, some would leave it up to the...
5 Marks of a Biblical Church by C. Matthew McMahon
Scripture furnishes Christ’s blood-bought church with everything it needs to worship God effectively with the greatest degree of honor (John 4:24). The holy exaltation of God by his people is vital to giving him high praise in glorifying Christ...
I have seen others ask similar questions about family church discipline, but have never seen a solid biblical answer to this one, so I'm excited to hear what my wiser brothers and sisters in Christ have to say! :D
Let's use this example: A father (who is supposed to be the leader of the...
I believe that church discipline can and ought to be enacted in cases where a member marries an unbeliever, but is there any biblical grounds for discipline being enacted upon a member who willfully is dating and considering marriage with a Roman Catholic?
Elder in a confessional...