I. Churches are held accountable before God for whom they retain in their membership. A church must decide whose companionship they prefer: a disorderly member’s or the Lord's.
JOS 7:11-13; REV 2:14-15.
II. When a church member stands in violation of N.T. commandments which require exclusion from the body, and such transgression is commonly reported, only then must a severance result, lest it
be “named among” the saints. 1CO 5:1-2; EPH 5:3.
A. commonly: After a fashion or in a way common to all; in common; generally, universally.