When the Church Gets Excommunication Wrong

Episode 548 Show Notes 

From the Show

There are instances where church leadership can be abusive, where they do things behind closed doors and do not want accountability. I think that is a danger. But then there are also instances where the way in which a church is being abusive is by sharing too much about someone’s excommunication process and shaming an individual. We have to use wisdom in these cases.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. What does Deuteronomy 29:29 mean when it says, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God”?

2. How do we harmonize John 19:14 when Jesus stood before Pilate at the sixth hour and the timing of Christ’s crucifixion commencing at the third hour in the synoptic gospels?

3. If someone is being excommunicated from a church, is it a problem if the other members of the church are not allowed to know why that person is being excommunicated? 

4. Romans 14 admonishes us not to cause our weaker brother to stumble in matters of food. Yet, during Lent, should I eat fish when I eat with my Roman Catholic friends on Fridays or Ash Wednesday? Should I follow my conscience that tells me I can eat all of what the Lord provides no matter what time of year? 

Resources

The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It by Jamin Goggin

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