Belgic Confession 32 – Order and Discipline in the Church

21 Apr

ARTICLE 32 – THE ORDER AND DISCIPLINE OF THE CHURCH
We believe that, although it is useful and good for those who govern the church to establish a certain order to maintain the body of the church, they must at all times watch that they do not deviate from what Christ, our only Master, has commanded.1 Therefore we reject all human inventions and laws introduced into the worship of God which bind and compel the consciences in any way.2 We accept only what is proper to preserve and promote harmony and unity and to keep all in obedience to God.3 To that end, discipline and excommunication ought to be exercised in agreement with the Word of God.4
1. 1 Tim 3:15. 2. Isa 19:13; Mat 15:9; Gal 5:1. 3. 1 Cor 14:33. 4 Mat 16:19; Mat 18:15-18; Rom 16:17; 1 Cor 5; 1 Tim 1:20.
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