The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a new trend in evangelical churches: reviving the practice of kicking out disobedient members.
On a quiet Sunday morning in June, as worshippers settled into the pews at Allen Baptist Church in southwestern Michigan, Pastor Jason Burrick grabbed his cellphone and dialed 911. When a dispatcher answered, the preacher said a former congregant was in the sanctuary. “And we need to, um, have her out A.S.A.P.”
Half an hour later, 71-year-old Karolyn Caskey, a church member for nearly 50 years who had taught Sunday school and regularly donated 10% of her pension, was led out by a state trooper and a county sheriff’s officer. One held her purse and Bible. The other put her in handcuffs.
What a great idea! It’s especially telling that Caskey’s “offense” consisted of questioning the pastor’s authority. Christianity is for gullible people, and it’s nice to seem some churches honestly enforcing this policy. Now if we could just get them to kick out all the sinners…