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Disciplinary action in which someone is ousted from a religious group or movement. (Also known as 'disfellowshipping' - the termination of 'fellowship').

In Christianity, the practice is based in large part on Matthew 18:15-17 and 1 Corinthians 5:1-13.

In some groups and movements, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses (theologically a cult of Christianity), excommunication includes the unbiblical practice of shunning.

A church disciplinary action in which a person who refuses to repent of promoting heretical views, or of engaging in gross sin, is no longer accepted as a member of the church. Such a person may not participate in the ordinances of the church, may not teach or minister in any way, and in extreme cases may be asked to refrain from attending church meetings.
Definition from: "A Biblical Guide To Orthodoxy And Heresy Part One: The Case For Doctrinal Discernment" (an article from the Christian Research Journal, Summer 1990, page 28) by Robert M. Bowman.


Christian The Challenge and Beauty of Church Discipline by Timothy Harris
Christian Church Discipline by J. Hampton Keathley III
Christian Church Discipline in the Christian Congregation A Report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
ChristianAberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Excommunication Entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia




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