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IDOLATRY AS AN EXPRESSION OF APOSTASY

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The book for elders “Shepherd The Flock Of God” lists “Idolatry” as a disfellowshipping offense. This is one of the 11 disfellowshipping offenses of the 46 listed in the Shepherd book that has a basis in the Christian Greek Scriptures. Paul shows in 1 Corinthian 6:19 that a person who is an idolater, i.e., a person who is permeated by idolatry must be disfellowshipped from the Christian congregation.

However, we need to understand “idolatry in which sense” that is a disfellowshipping offense. The reason for this is that “idolatry” is used in the Christian Greek Scriptures in different senses. And it is absolutely clear that every action that is called “idolatry” does not represent a disfellowshipping offense.

The first section discusses several actions that can be viewed as idolatry, but which are not disfellowshipping offenses. It also discusses whether the Christmas tree is an idol. I some cases, it can be viewed as an idol, but that is not the case in most cases.

The second section discusses actions that are disfellowshipping offenses. In most situations, these actions are clear-cut. But in some situations, the elders can view particular actions as idolatry, but the person accused of idolatry does not agree that he is guilty of idolatry. I refer to one situation where this is the case.

THE WHOLE ARTICLE IS FOUND IN THE CATEGORY “APOSTASY.”

Rolf Furuli

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