Concordia Theological Monthly

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Christian Fellowship

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christian fellowship, excommunication, st. paul, faith

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


After having dwelt at some length on the manifestations of Christian fellowship, we now come to consider restrictions upon such manifestations. Let us begin by stating the obvious: There are restrictions; not man-made, originating in the decrees of church councils or in synodical resolutions, to be sure, but imposed by God Himself, the Head of the Church. To us this may seem self-evident, yet it is not conceded by all who lay claim to the name "Christian." There are those who aver that Christian fellowship must be unrestricted.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Luke 6:37; 1 Peter 4:8; Matthew 4:6-7; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 11:20-21; 1 Corinthians 5:1 ff; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 1 Corinthians 5:13; Deuteronomy 17:7; 1 Corinthians 5:11; Matthew 18:17; Matthew 18:18;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars