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“The churches shall observe, in addition to the Sunday, also Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, the Day of Prayer, the National Thanksgiving Day, and Old and New Year’s Day.” —Article 67, D.K.O. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days; which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

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The thirteenth article of our church order reads as follows: “Ministers, who by reason of age, sickness, or otherwise, are rendered incapable of performing the duties of their office, shall nevertheless retain the honor and title of a minister, and the church which they have served shall provide honorably for them in their need (likewise for the orphans and widows of ministers) out of the common fund of the churches, according to the general ecclesiastical ordinances in this matter.”  A. Reasons For Emeritation 

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In the former issue we explained that implicit in the idea of emeritation is retirement, either temporary or permanent, from the active ministry of the word. We further stated that this retirement is due to reasons of personal disability. It is our position that an emeritation proper is not granted because of circumstances in which others cause the continuation of the work of the ministry to be impeded. These cases should be treated under a different heading.

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“As Christian discipline is of a spiritual nature, and exempts no one from civil trial or punishment by the authorities, so also besides civil punishment there is need of ecclesiastical censures, to reconcile the sinner with the church and his neighbor and to remove the offense out of the church of Christ.”—Article 71, D.K.O. “The Lord Jesus Christ hath instituted Church Discipline, in order to remove scandals, and prevent their unhappy effects; and no church can, without the faithful and spiritual application of it, hope for His countenance and blessing.”—R.P. Testimony “The impartial and prudent exercise of Church Discipline is...

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