It must be amazing to be the most important man on earth who wields uncontrollable power like Rod Meredith. Did you know that Rod has the power to "mark" you, even though you are not an LCG member, for being a heretic, trouble maker or just an all around rebel-rouser? I am surprised that Rod did not "mark" me when he publicly lashed out at this blog....as if I care.
This category denotes the most severe of all actions of New Testament discipline (Romans 16:17). Why must we “mark” an individual? For strife or causing division among members or those who cause others to participate in their sinful ways (2 Peter 2:10-14) or because not doing so will destroy the faith of sincere members. Marking protects all parties and stops false rumors. Any marking before the congregation should be discreet, and with counsel from Headquarters. It may become necessary for the Pastor to carefully counsel the person’s associates. The minister should totally avoid any public or private references to the person, which could possibly be slanderous.
Note: ONLY the Presiding Evangelist, or in his absence or incapacity, the Director of Church Administration, is empowered to mark a person who is not a member, adherent and/or attendee of Living Church of God. Generally, Churches have no legal right to “discipline” non-members. However, churches retain the right to protect those who are members by warning them of spiritual danger.LCG Pastoral Manual pg 3-14
When the Pastor must mark a member publicly, he must not ad-lib an explanation. He should write down statements that have been carefully thought out, with counsel, and read a prepared announcement using the form provided via the www.cogl.org website. This safeguard helps to avoid making emotional statements that may be unfair or defamatory. When, or if, a disfellowshipped member is re-admitted to fellowship, statements made in marking him should not leave impressions in the minds of members that preclude forgiveness and reconciliation. A minister should always be concerned for the person’s welfare regardless of what he has done, as expressed in Romans 5:8. A minister should strive to provide for the person’s return to the Church congregation. Marking is normally necessary only in the Church congregation where the person attended. If the marked person affects people in other congregations, it may become necessary to notify the affected Pastors who would have to determine if the notice should be mentioned to their Church.
We have all seen how well disfellowshipping and marking individuals has went in LCG and other COG's Its one big smear campaign. There is no hope whatsoever that those disfellowshipped and marked would ever return after their reputations have been dragged through the mud. Their names have been permanently tarnished in the eyes of LCG members.