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Calvin’s view on church discipline and unity: a South African perspective

P.J. Strauss
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44 | a191 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i0.191 | © 2010 P.J. Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2010 | Published: 26 July 2010

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P.J. Strauss, Department of Ecclesiology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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The reformer John Calvin, born in 1509, considers discipline and unity as two essential aspects of the Christian church. According to him, the bond of church discipline is a way to unite church members in the truth of the Word and the Christian faith based thereupon. If discipline is exercised with exaggerated strictness and without compassion, tolerance and love, it can break the unity. Because church unity is essentially a unity of faith, or a unity in the truth of the Word, discipline can sever adulterated elements that threaten the unity from the church. Discipline, if correctly ap- plied, builds the unity of the church as a unity in religious truths.


Church Discipline Justice; Church Discipline Pastoral And Spiritual In Nature; Unity Not Uniformity; Unity Of The Church A Unity In Christ


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