Disfellowship

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The Watchtower Reprints, March 1, 1919, p. 6397

"Even treating the brother for a time as 'a heathen man and a publican' would not mean to do him injury, to castigate him, to pillory him, to expose him to shame or contempt before the worldÉIn the meantime the brother may merely be treated in the kindly, courteous way in which it would be proper for us to treat any publican or Gentile."


The Watchtower, April 1, 1920, p. 100

"We would not refuse to treat one as a brother because he did not believe the Society is the Lord's channel."


The Watchtower, December 1, 1952, p. 735

"Is it proper for a Christian witness of Jehovah to have business relationships with one who has been disfellowshiped?.. Generally speaking, it would be desirable for us to have no contact with disfellowshiped persons, either in business or in social and spiritual ways."


The Watchtower, July 15, 1963, p. 443

"In the case of the disfellowshiped relative who does not live in the same home, contact with him is also kept to what is absolutely necessary. As with secular employment, this contact is limited and even curtailed completely if at all possible."


The Watchtower, July 15, 1963, p. 444

"We should not see how close we can get to relatives who are disfellowshiped from Jehovah's organization, but we should 'quit mixing in company' with them."


The Watchtower, June 1, 1970, p. 351-352

"Again, the disfellowshiping does not dissolve the flesh-and-blood ties, but, in this situation, contact, if it were necessary at all, would be much more rare than between persons living in the same home. Yet, there might be some absolutely necessary family matters requiring communication, such as legalities over a will or property."


Organization, 1972 ed., p. 172

"In faithfulness to God, none in the congregation should greet such persons when meeting them in public nor should they welcome these into their homes."


The Watchtower, August 1, 1974, p. 465

"There is, however, nothing to show that Jews with a balanced and Scriptural viewpoint would refuse to greet a 'man of the nations' or a tax collector. Jesus' counsel about greetings, in connection with his exhortation to imitate God in his undeserved kindness toward 'wicked people and good,' would seem to rule against such a rigid stand."


The Watchtower, August 1, 1974, p. 471

"Thus, if a disfellowshiped parent goes to visit a son or daughter or to see a grandchildren and is allowed to enter the Christian home, this is not the concern of the elders. Such a one has a natural right to visit his blood relatives and his offspring."


The Watchtower, September 15, 1981, p. 24-25

"Would upholding God's righteousness and his disfellowshiping arrangement mean that a Christian should not speak at all with an expelled person, not even saying 'Hello'?É And we all know from our experience over the years that a simple 'Hello' to someone can be the first step that develops into a conversation and maybe even a friendship. Would we want to take that first step with a disfellowshiped person?"


The Watchtower, September 15, 1981, p. 29

"Christians related to such a disfellowshiped person living outside the home should strive to avoid needless association, even keeping business dealings to a minimum."


The Watchtower, November 15, 1988, p. 19

"The Bible does not require that Witnesses avoid speaking with him, for he is not disfellowshipedÉ Previously unbaptized ones who unrepentantly sinned were completely avoided."


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