woman whose pastor revealed her extramarital affair to the congregation after she confessed it in confidence,
Linda Tripp, for example, suffered no legal consequences for betraying Monica Lewinsky's confidence.
About fifteen years ago, my mother and I were disfellowshipped from a church, and this was after she and the pastor had been very close friends for the previous thirteen years or so. Why? Because she was divorcing her husband, my step-father, for frequently physically abusing me.
There probably is more to the story. Really, for all we know the lady is insufferable and the whole congregation wants her gone.
The core debate is whether Hyles Anderson is training its pastors to "steal" congregations. That is get a pastoral appointment to a church with weak or no outside leadership, kick out the old members and rebuild the church in a new way. This technique is what is controversial. Its often advocated under terms like "congregational renewal". More importantly it gets to the heart of the great debates that appear to be splitting the evangelical and fundamentalist community renewing the classic debate as to whether the church is broad or narrow, that is the issue of regenerate membership.
I'm not sure how this works in traditional religions as my knowledge is quite limited, but in churches like the one in which I was born into you are told it is the ONLY true church and your only hope for salvation....
But yeah, I would say that forcing someone to leave sounds like it is contrary to to the whole "turn the other cheek" thing.
Maybe Mrs. Caskey is overly focused on place, but if that's what works for her, refusing her access to god in that way is what seems like the sin to me. One needn't approve, countenance, support, or frankly talk to the person you disagree with.
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