Banned From Church – WSJ.com

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.”

[Shun] 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…

2 Responses to “Banned From Church – WSJ.com”

  1. ausyoyo Says:

    If they had any honor at all they would give her back her combined 10% tithe. that would add up to quite a nice little nest egg for her retirement especially if they paid interest. Sad thing is that she would probably leave it all to another blood sucking church.

  2. prazzie Says:

    Indeed, this is a good thing. I got kicked out of two different churches in two different cities before I was out of high school. Best thing that ever happened to me. When I got asked to leave the second one, my mother gave up. I haven’t set foot in church since, except famous cathedrals during my travels. I nearly got kicked out of the Notre Dame too, though, since I didn’t know you had to pay for those candles you light up… 😛


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