In a Charlotte Observer article on Saturday, here, it stated that “a growing movement among some conservative Protestant pastors to bring back church discipline, an ancient practice in which suspected sinners are privately confronted, then publicly castigated and excommunicated if they refuse to repent.” Now I have heard of excommunication, wouldn’t be Methodist if good old Henry VIII wasn’t. But I never knew it was a growing practice these days?
Courts have often refused to hear such cases on the grounds that
churches are protected by the constitutional right to free religious exercise,
but some have sided with alleged sinners. In 2003, a woman and her husband won a defamation suit against the Iowa Methodist conference and its superintendent
after he publicly accused her of “spreading the spirit of Satan” because she
gossiped about her pastor.
What do you all think? Shunning, something to be praticed or shunned?
*picture copied from article on charlotte.com and was done by JASON WHITLEY/Observer staff illustration.