8. Does the SDA Church practice ‘shunning’?
No. One is perhaps confusing Adventists with other groups, such as the Exclusive Brethren or Jehovah’s Witnesses.
‘Shunning’ is the practice of removing some or all contact with a person who has left a religious group, usually through ‘excommunication’, ‘disfellowship’ or ‘withdrawing’. In extreme cases, a withdrawn person is not permitted any contact with family or friends who remain in the religious group. Some groups similarly enforce Paul’s counsel about being ‘unequally yoked’ (1 Cor 6:14) very strictly, by outright prohibiting the marriage between a member and non-member of the group.
Adventists do not generally practice shunning. If anything, Adventists are likely to attempt to have more, not less, contact with lapsed members, in the hope of restoring them back to the fold. The
does discourage relationships that are ‘unequally yoked’ but not in an extreme, compassionless manner – i.e. many Adventists are married and continue to marry non-Adventists. SDA Church
As noted from the official
manual: SDA Church
“When a person has been removed from church membership, the church should, where possible, maintain contact and manifest the spirit of friendship and love, endeavoring to win him/her back to the fold.” (p199, 17th edition) (emphasis added). See:http://www.gcsecretariat.org/Evans_files/Seventh-day-Adventist-Church-Manual-17th-edition.pdf
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