One Response to “The Seriousness of Disfellowshipping”

  1. Big Red Big Red says:

    Well, you’re right. Disfellowshipping somebody is pretty serious business. You have to worry about the effect upon the individual and his relationship with family and friends in the Church.

    Back in the early or mid 80s, HWA wrote a big, two page spread in the WWN about church government. He made an emphatic statement that was considered a little shocking: “The WCG, Inc is NOT the Church!” He went on to say that the church was a spiritual organism, not a physical nonprofit organization. That statement stuck in my head, because it had the ring of truth to it.

    What am I getting at? We can get caught up in church politics in exactly the same carnal way that the world gets involved in their politics. And it’s hard to fault people for that, because they have put so much emotional stock into it. But what is the Church? A physical nonprofit organization or a spiritual organism?

    I know what I’m trying to say, but I can’t find the right words, so let me put it this way:

    If some church organization kicks you out for keeping the Sabbath, does that mean God rejects you? Of course not. If some COG group kicks you out over a minor disagreement, does that mean God rejects you? Of course not. The Church is a spiritual organism, not a physical organization.

    It can certainly be tough. The thing that keeps coming back to me is, “fear God and keep His commandments; for that is the whole duty of man.” It’s like a rudder in the storm.