Shunning Rules

Shunning Rules

Shunning Rules

Shunning Rules


No, shunning doesn’t rule.

These are the unspoken rules of shunning over doctrinal disagreements.

  1. The church is always right. Shunning is just one way of ensuring people don’t lose faith in the church.
  2. If you think the church is wrong, refer back to rule number 1, or you may be in danger of getting shunned yourself.
  3. If you have a doctrinal disagreement with another believer, don’t shun him/her as long as he/she keeps his/her mouth shut about what he/she believes. It’s okay to disagree, but if he/she disagrees publicly, then he/she has crossed the line.
  4. It is Biblical to shun a believer who publicly opposes church doctrine, because it’s immoral and evil for him/her to disagree with the church’s orthodox interpretation of the Bible.
  5. Some weak, soft-hearted people who are uncomfortable with the idea of shunning may point out that orthodox interpretations vary from church to church. Don’t listen to them. If they are vocal or over insistent about it, you may need to shun them too. Talk to your pastor or elders if you’re not sure whether it is appropriate to shun. Since your pastor and elders are the highest authority in the church (see rule number 1), you can be sure that whatever decision they make will glorify Jesus Christ.
  6. It is your duty as a Christian to shun a believer who publicly opposes church doctrine. Others might hear what he/she has to say and start questioning orthodoxy. It’s dangerous to keep a rebellious believer around. The church must maintain its testimony of unity to a sinful, broken world.
  7. When you shun a believer who publicly opposes church doctrine, you can privately share this with a few close, trusted friends, so that they can pray for his/her godly sorrow and repentance — but don’t go around announcing that you’ve shunned him/her. It makes the church look bad.
  8. If you have already shunned a believer who publicly opposes church doctrine, and you think others ought to do the same, refer to rule number 7.
  9. If you experience feelings of guilt or remorse over shunning a believer who publicly opposes church doctrine, remember that shunning is an act of love. If you continue to feel guilt or remorse, it is NOT the conviction of the Spirit of God, it is Satan trying to deceive you. Reread the rules of shunning every morning and evening to renew your mind and bring your thoughts into subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  10. Part of being a follower of Christ is doing what Jesus did. While it is true that Jesus never shunned anyone and made a habit of openly challenging orthodoxy, some of His followers said we should do otherwise. And although those followers were fallible human beings, they wrote the Bible. So, follow the Bible and the church’s interpretation of it, and keep your mouth shut if you disagree, because this is how we love one another as Christ loved us. (See rule number 5.)
  • Stephen Helbig October 15, 2014 at 1:11 am

    As I read the unspoken RULES you’ve outlined in this blog, I giggled within, recognizing the absurdity of it all, and at the same time was deeply grieved. ~ I found “the rules” to be very perceptive and wholly complete as viewed thru the eyes of mans carnal mind; so much so that I even began to see them on every bulletin board in all of “churchianity”, being presented as the memo from The Beast HimSELF; ~ (outlined in big BOXY “flow charts” with all the dark colors and readiness to indoctrinate it’s victims).

    ~ The truth is Shunning People is ~ “religious dung”

  • Mary Vanderplas October 15, 2014 at 5:24 am

    You make good points by way of condemning the practice of shunning over doctrinal differences. I agree with what you imply about the church – or ecclesiastical leadership – not being the sole possessor of spiritual authority and the only trustworthy teacher of spiritual truth (whose authority and teaching ought not to be challenged or even questioned). I agree that the fact that the Bible admits of diverse interpretations even among those considered to be orthodox should be enough to discourage anyone from claiming certitude and shunning those who hold an alternative understanding of “what the Bible says.” I agree that squelching diverse theological interpretations in the interest of preserving the church’s unity and integrity is an illegitimate act (which, more often than not, arises out of a desire to have power and control). I agree that it is perverse to rationalize the act of shunning on the grounds that it is a loving thing to do, the will of God – an attempt to bring the errant other to knowledge of the truth?? I think you’re right on to lift up the life of Jesus as the touchstone for how to relate to others across doctrinal differences – not by shunning, but by listening to and embracing one another in love. And I agree that the fact that Jesus himself openly criticized the religious authorities of his day legitimizes public expression of viewpoints that challenge the status quo.

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    • Stephen Helbig October 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; 😉

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