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Tugwaardige sondes in drie gereformeerde kerkordes

Piet J. Strauss
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 1 | a2388 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i1.2388 | © 2018 Piet J. Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 June 2018 | Published: 27 November 2018

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Piet J. Strauss, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Sin which should be disciplined according to three church orders. The orders of three reformed churches, namely those of the Dutch Reformed Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Churches in South Africa have consensus about the need for an officially punishable sin to be of a public and offensive nature. The reason is that a sin must be openly against the Word of God and the confessions of the church. The approach of the church as an institution of faith carrying the love and righteousness of God, should be to maintain the spiritual nature of church discipline and to aim for the spiritual purpose of its discipline. Church discipline should be aimed at convincing the sinner and assuring church members of its desire to keep the demands of the Word and justice in tact.


Church discipline spiritual of nature; Assemblies in church treat punishable sin; Punishable sin is of a public and offensive nature; No list of offensive sin in church; Sin determined in the context; Doctrinal discipline to uphold the Word of God


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