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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 37 : The Removal of Censure

Paragraph 1 : Removal of Definite Suspension

37-1. A person who has been definitely suspended from office shall be restored by the court at the end of the term of his suspension by declaring words of the following import to him:
Whereas, you ____________________ have been debarred from the office of teaching elder, (or ruling elder, or deacon), but have now fulfilled the time of your censure, we, of the __________________ Presbytery (or Church Session) do hereby, in the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus
Christ, absolve you from the sentence of suspension and do restore you to the exercise of your said office, and all the functions thereof.


[Historical Summary : 1990 [M18GA, 18-8, Item 4, p. 48; cf. M17GA, 17-82, III, Item 15, p. 154.]

Background and Comparison :
No comparable text in the following prior editions:
PCA 1973, RoD, Chapter 11, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly
Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, RoD, Chapter 11, Proposed text
PCUS 1933, RoD, Chapter XI
PCUS 1925, RoD, Chapter XI
PCUS 1879, Rules of Discipline, Chapter XI
PCUS 1869 draft, Canons of Discipline, Chapter XI
PCUS 1867 draft, Canons of Discipline, Chapter XI
[no comparable text]

COMMENTARY :
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order (1898):
[no comparable text for discussion]



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