[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]Interesting, since we've been talking about the Early Church Fathers on a history thread. What did the Early Church do to disfellowship , seeing that there was practically an 100% illiteracy rate, no email, and no telephone or cars...
Here are just a few quotations:
All of those who separate from the church and give heed to old wives' tales, like these persons, are truly self-condemned. Paul commands us \"to avoid [these men] after a first and second admonition.\" Furthermore, John, the disciple of the Lord, has intensified their condemnation. For he desires us not even to address them with the salutation of \"Godspeed.\" He says, \"He who bids them Godspeed is a partaker with their evil deeds.\" - Irenaeus, c. 180 1.341, 342
\"Therefore, do not be partakers with them.\" Back then, the condemnation of sinners extended to others who approved of them and joined in there society. and the case at present is still the same, for \"a little leaven levens the whole lump. \" - Irenaeus, c. 180 1.500
If one must censure, it is necessary also to rebuke. For it is time to wound the apathetic soul. I do not mean mortally, but salutarily, securing exemption form everlasting death by a little pain. - Clement of Alexandria, c. 195 2.228
He forbids us either to salute such persons or to receive them to our hospitality. Yet, this is not harsh in the case of a man of this sort. But he admonishes Christians neither to confer nor dispute with those who are not able to handle divine things with intelligence, lest through them they be seduced from the doctrine of truth. - Clement of Alexandria, c. 195 2.577
Felicissimus has rushed forth with many more and has declared himself as a leader of a faction....Let him receive the sentence that he first of all imposed - that he may know that he is excommunicated by us. For he has added the crime of adultery to his crimes of fraud and plunder....All of these things we will judicially examine when, with the Lord's permission, we will assemble in one place with many of our colleagues....Moreover, whoever will ally himself with that man's conspiracy and faction, let him know that he will not communicate in the church with us, since he has preferred to be separated from the church of his own accord. - Cyprian, c. 250 5.316
Those are just a few.