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(striving4 @ Feb. 04 2004,08:48)[/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]http://www.christianity.com/partner....00.html
The above article is an interview with the lawyer who was on the case regarding the Collinsville Church in Oklahoma that was sued about twenty years ago by a woman who was publically disfellowshipped by the Church.
The article states this:\"At the last meeting with the elders about the situation, Marian Guinn told them that she was withdrawing her membership from the church.
The elders subsequently informed the adult members of the congregation that the church was to withdraw fellowship from Marian Guinn and gave the scriptural reasons for doing so. Marian Guinn then filed her lawsuit, alleging that she was abusively treated and that her privacy had been violated. \"
1) Should a Church disfellowship someone who is leaving on their own?
Many of you might know this case much better than I do but I've seen here in a Church I attended, where a woman who had an affair, subsequently left the Church on her own, and after she was gone, she was disfellowshipped.
What about the prodical son. When he left home , was he disfellowshipped?
Should we disfellowship everyone who falls away or leaves voluntarily?
Isn't disfellowship for those who are AMONG US in sin, and not for those who have left on their own?
Good subject to bring up. I, as well as others in this forum, lived through this, meaning were around when it happend. Saw it on Donahue which was an embarassment because of some of the Church of Christ people in the audience. After hearing the show, one women stood up and called the Church of Christ a cult.
It was said by the lawyer (I think) that since the woman left there was no fellowship and the woman had written a letter telling them she was leaving, which simply meant she was withdrawing fellowship from them. One of the Christian women spoke up (here is the embarassment) and said she could not do that. They were required to withdraw fellowship from HER. This, even if she left.
BTW did you all hear that on appeal, the woman lost the case and didn't get any money? If not, I will try to find that info. I was disappointed.