Verily I say to you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on the earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on the earth, shall be loosed in heaven
Receive the Holy Spirit: Whose soever sins ye remit,
they are remitted to them; whose soever sins ye retain,
they are retained.
Brethren, if even a man be taken in some fault, ye
who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of
meekness, considering thyself lest thou also be tempted.
2 Timothy 2:19
Yet the firm foundation of God stands having this
The Lord knows those that are his; and, Let every
one who names the name of the Lord withdraw from iniquity.
1 Corinthians 5:5
to deliver him, I say, being such, to Satan for destruction
of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the
day of the Lord Jesus.
Remove the wicked person from amongst yourselves.
But if any one obey not our word by the letter,
mark that man, and do not keep company with him,
that he may be ashamed of himself; and do not esteem
him as an enemy but admonish [him] as a brother.
from the New Testament of The Holy Scriptures
is 2 Timothy 2:19
"Yet the firm foundation
of God stands, having this seal, The Lord knows
those that are his; and Let everyone who names
the name of the Lord withdraw from iniquity."
"If therefore one shall have purified himself
from these, in separating himself from them,
he shall be a vessel to honour, sanctified, serviceable
to the Master, prepared for every good work. But
youthful lusts flee, and pursue righteousness.
faith, love, peace, with those that call upon
the Lord out of a pure heart." (v. 21,22)
The Charter is central to the Exclusive Brethren fellowship. The information
below says more about their beliefs.
These words: "withdraw," "separate" and "with
those" are key to the fellowship. They believe
that common social activities involve fellowship.
- eating and drinking: (1 Corinthians 5:11)
- memberships: directorships, associations, clubs,
life assurance, shares or stock in public companies,
health plans, etc: (2 Corinthians 6:14)
- entertainment: (2 Timothy 2:19 and 2 Corinthians
Consequently, as a matter of conscience, their social
activities and links described as the fellowship
and are reserved exclusively for those with whom
they eat the Lords Supper.
This sacred remembrance of the Lord Jesus and
His death at the Lord's Supper is the core of
their Christian fellowship, and the inspiration
to live a life apart from worldly pleasures and
pursuits; a precious heritage passed down the
As true to this position of separation, they are
promised and experience the blessings of being
in the divine family:
"Be not diversely yoked with unbelievers, for what
participation is there between righteousness and
lawlessness? or what fellowship of light with
darkness?... Wherefore come out from the midst of
them, and be separated, saith the Lord, and touch
not what is unclean, and I will receive you; and
I will be to you for a Father, and ye shall be
to me for sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty"
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
The apostle Paul was commissioned by Christ to establish
the administration of local assemblies according to
a universal standard of doctrine based on his teaching
" as I teach everywhere in every assembly"
( 1 Cor 4:17). Also, as in the holy city in Revelation
21:21 " And the twelve gates , twelve pearls
; each one of the gates , respectively , was of one
pearl ; "
In his teaching , Paul outlines the functions
of the local company, and includes the provisions
for the maintenance of the believer's soul. The
possession of the Holy Spirit is invaluable but
it is also envisaged that Christians can render
a service to one another to give strength to overcome
in the tests of life. Hebrews 5:2 speaks about "
being able to exercise forbearance towards the ignorant
However, Paul also provides for stronger action
, where necessary, to maintain a pure position in
loyalty to Christ. Such scriptures are 2 Thessalonians
3:14, Matthew 18:18, Galatians 6:1, 2 Timothy 2:19,
John 20 :23 and 1 Corinthians 5:5 and 5:13. These
provisions are only applied when all else has failed
to produce a change of mind.
There is no scriptural idea that an assembly is
put in a position where it cannot clear itself from
evil. Every such case of assembly discipline is
open to review and appeal, and, when upheld becomes
binding on every assembly universally.