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Offline spurly

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The article below talks about a church who disfellowshiped a member because of an affair.  The member says they left the church before the disfellowshiping happened, and because of that the church had no more jurisdiction to do what they did.  Personally, I think the church involved will lose this one for just that reason.  If she already disfellowshiped herself from the church, the church is guilty of defamation.

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They were stupid to chase after a "desfellowshipment" when the people in question had already left.

They were even stupider to broadcast it in writing like that.

Even if a member had gotten to the level of "tell it to the church", it still ought to be discussed among the people and not sent out in a letter.

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If they really have signed consents to Church discipline,  then I think the churches will probably win, especially in front of the Texas Supreme Court,  which isn't famous for being plaintiff-friendly.

I'm not sure mailing out a letter is the best way to handle church discipline, but I could be wrong.

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So did this woman send a letter to the church saying she disfellowshipped the church because they were going to discipline her for being in an affair?

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So did this woman send a letter to the church saying she disfellowshipped the church because they were going to discipline her for being in an affair?

The story seemed to say that she had already removed herself from the church's membership before the church took action.  Seems to me that would make the action of the church illegal.

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So did this woman send a letter to the church saying she disfellowshipped the church because they were going to discipline her for being in an affair?

The story seemed to say that she had already removed herself from the church's membership before the church took action.  Seems to me that would make the action of the church illegal.

What makes you think that?

If the Church has some kind of formal articles of membership,  like lots of the evangelical type churches do,  and if the member signed on to those articles, then she doesn't get out of them just by saying "I'm not a member anymore."

If you sign a lease on an apartment,   you can't break it just by sending the landlord a letter saying "Adios."    There could be a similar principal at work here.   None of us know because, although the article says each member signed something,  we don't what it was that was signed.
Without knowing that,  we're all just guessing.    But I'm guessing that if the member signed a document like some of the "covenants" I've heard about,  they won't have much of a case.

I'd be real careful about comparing this to that situation up in Oklahoma a few years back involving a CofC.    A CofC doesn't have any kind of membership agreement or covenant,  and we generally recognize an individual's right to go join another CofC at the drop of hat.    Not everybody is as slipshod as CofC's are in that department.

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It'll definitely be interesting to see how this plays out.  If you hear about it down there in Texas before I do up here in Oklahoma please post and let us know what happened.

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It sounds like they are high profile people in the church. She works for another church. What obligation do you have when you discover someone working at another church is having an affair? Glad it isn’t in my church, hope I don’t get sued?

I may not agree totally with how it was handled but you have to do something.

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In most places I have been aware of, a letter resigning membership is all that is needed.

 

     
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