Did you know that when LCG or any Church of God disfellowships a person that it has therapeutic benefits for the person and the congregations? Treating people like shit and publicly humiliating them is therapeutic...who knew!
LCG Pastors Manual pg. 3-12A sad but necessary function of ministerial authority is to disassociate certain individuals from regular fellowship. The Bible shows the Church is to be clean (1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 6:14, 17; Ephesians 5:27). Occasionally, it becomes necessary to initiate a therapeutic action for the good of an individual and the Church. This action (hopefully temporary) is to expel a person who has brought sin into the congregation. We understand that we are regularly dealing with persons who are at varying spiritual levels, including the following:
Faithful members Members who are very weak and may not be truly converted Non-members, some of whom:
• Understand but do not subscribe and are peaceable.
• Do not understand but are peaceable.
• Do not understand but are not peaceable.
Former members of the Church, some of whom:
• Wish to return
• May be vindictive