The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EXCOMMUNICATION. This is the judicial exclusion of unrepentant sinners from the rights and privileges of the communion of saints carried out by a local congregation. After admonition by one has failed, then by two or three, then by the congregration, the offender according to Mt 18:16–17 is to be as
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
EXCOMMUNICATION. Mt. 18:15–18; 1 Cor. 5; 2 Cor. 2:5–11; Tit. 3:10. The exclusion of a member from the church due to a serious (or aggravation, through stubbornness, of a less serious) offence. It is the final step in the negative side of normal discipline—there is also *Anathema and delivering over to
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ExcommunicationThe permanent or temporary exclusion of a church member from fellowship within the community. This practice, specifically mentioned in Matthew’s Gospel (Matt. 18:15–17) and the Corinthian correspondence (1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 2:6), serves two purposes. First, it protects the community from
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Excommunication (Lat. excommunicatio “outside the realm of communication”).† The exclusion of a person or persons from fellowship in a group or community. The preexilic Hebrews temporarily excluded from cultic ceremonies those who committed minor offenses against the ritual regulations and threatened
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
excommunication. An ecclesiastical censure imposed by competent authority which excludes those subjected to it from the communion of the faithful and imposes on them other deprivations and disabilities. It does not profess to extend to the union of the soul with God, since that union is held to depend
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Excommunication (expulsion from communion).1. Jewish excommunication.—The Jewish system of excommunication was threefold. The twenty-four offences for which it was inflicted are various, and range in heinousness from the offence of keeping a fierce dog to that of taking God’s name in vain. The offender
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
EXCOMMUNICATION. “A cutting off, deprivation of communion, or the privileges of intercourse; specifically, the formal exclusion of a person from religious communion and privileges” (Cent. Dict., s.v.).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
EXCOMMUNICATION — the expulsion of a member from the church because of a serious doctrinal or moral lapse. The concept of the Curse or the Ban in the Old Testament is similar to excommunication (see also John 9:22). The curse signified divine judgment on sin (Num. 5:21; Jer. 29:18). It was considered
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EXCOMMUNICATION<eks-ko-mu-ni-ka’-shun>: Exclusion from church fellowship as a means of personal discipline, or church purification, or both. Its germs have been found in1. the Mosaic “ban” or “curse” ([חֵרֶם‎, cherem], “devoted”), given over entirely to God’s use or to destruction (Leviticus
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Excommunication. The exclusion from the Church rests upon Matt. 16:19; 18:15 ff.; 1 Cor. 5:2; Eph. 5:11; 1 Tim. 1:20; 5:20, 21; Tit. 3:10, etc. In its administration the Luth. Church rejected the greater ban (see Ban), because it was a civil punishment (Smal. Art., Part III., Art. IX.). The smaller excommunication,
A Catholic Dictionary
excommunication. An ecclesiastical censure by which a Christian is separated from the communion of the Church. It is a power included in the power of the keys, or of binding and loosing, given by Christ to Peter and the Apostles, and may be deduced from our Saviour’s words (Matt. 18:17)—“If he will not
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