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Whose attitude really disfellowships a person and keeps them disfellowshipped?
It seems to me that an elder has to work to shut “the door of his tender compassions”, his empathy, his mercy, even his common sense to uphold traditions of men. In Revelation , however, is there any indication that the elders are the stars of the congregation?
We cannot.” But remember, Jesus left “YOU a model for YOU to follow his steps closely”.
His life course on Earth was a master class, as it were, in how we are to carry out our earthly course. (See Luke 19:1-10) Zacchaeus extorted his fellow worshippers of Jehovah God.
Attitude is defined as “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation”.
Like repentance, judgment of attitude can be quite subjective. Goodness knows that if judicial committees were held before people got their first cup of coffee, there would be no mercy on anyone.
If we let Scripture define scripture, then maybe we should take Scripture at its word when it says “the seven stars mean [the] angels of the seven congregations”, those congregations to whom Jesus was speaking to in the first century, rather than reinterpreting them to be elder bodies some nineteen hundred years later.Many who go before a judicial committee feel this way.They may have ceased their sinful course, even for some months, and are displaying “fruits that befit repentance”. One elder said to a repentant one, “The issue is not whether you are repentant, but whether you are repentant “An individual may have gone so far into sin that be may not be able to demonstrate sufficient repentance to the judicial committee at the time of the hearing.Is it valid for a Christian to refuse to follow the Lord’s example, using the excuse, “Well, Jesus was perfect, I am not”? So then, if imperfection is no barrier in showing true Christianity, then neither should our inability to read hearts be a barrier in carrying out Christ’s teachings in our lives. Did Jesus wait for the degree of repentance to be commensurate with the degree of deviation before associating with him?And notice what Jesus says about determining repentance at Luke 17:4, “Even if he sins seven times a day against you and he comes back to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” According to Jesus, the matter was pretty straightforward. And if somebody professes their repentance, they are not to be put through a long ordeal to make them prove it, but rather Jesus told us we must forgive. Verse 5 says: ‘Now when Jesus got to the place, he looked up and said to him: “Zacchaeus, hurry and get down, for today I must stay in your house.”’ This did not go unnoticed.