| *Our church bylaws list five reasons a member can be dismissed from membership:|
--Persistent engagement in sinful practices without repentance.
--Denial of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ either as the Son of God or as personal Savior.
--Failure to agree with the Statement of Faith as set forth in Article II. [Ironically, this applies to many of the members of the EBOE.]
--Advocation or propagation of any belief contrary to the Statement of Faith as set forth in Article II or the additional theological positions as set forth in the Article III.
--Prolonged lack of interest or inexcusable failure to attend the services of this church.
For each of these five reasons the bylaws allow only three methods by which membership can be revoked:
--A Member may withdraw his/her membership by submitting a written request to the Executive Board of Elders.
--A member may request a transfer of his/her membership to another church by submitting a written request to the Executive Board of Elders.
--In a manner consistent with Matthew 18:15-17, Galatians 6:1, and Hebrews 10:24-25, a Member may be dismissed and his/her name removed from the membership roll of this church. The procedure will be consistent with Matthew 18:15-20 and as explained in the Manual of Guidelines and Procedures [hereafter referred to as the "Manual"]." (Note: We could not find anything in the Manual explaining or even referring to dismissing a church member.)
"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998