ARTICLE 76 – Suspension and deposition of office-bearers
If a minister, elder or deacon has committed a public or otherwise gross sin, or refuses to heed the admonitions by the consistory, he shall be suspended from office by the judgment of his own consistory and of the consistory of a neighbouring congregation. In the case of a minister this neighbouring congregation shall be appointed by the classis. If he hardens himself in the sin, or if the sin committed is of such a nature that he cannot continue in office, an elder or a deacon shall be deposed by the judgment of the above-mentioned consistories. Classis, with the advice of the deputies of synod, shall judge whether a minister is to be deposed.
ARTICLE 71 – Suspension and Deposition of Office-Bearers
When ministers, elders, or deacons have committed a public or otherwise gross sin, or refuse to heed the admonitions by the consistory with the deacons, they shall be suspended from office by the judgment of their own consistory with the deacons and of the consistory with the deacons of the neighbouring church. When they harden themselves in their sin or when the sin committed is of such a nature that they cannot continue in office, elders or deacons shall be deposed by the judgment of the above-mentioned consistories with the deacons. Classis, with the concurring advice of the deputies of regional synod, shall judge whether the ministers are to be deposed.
Wanneer de Dienaers des Goddelijcken woorts Ouderlingen ofte Diakenen een openbare grove sonde bedrijven / die der Kercke schandelijck / ofte oock byder Overheyt straf-weerdigh is / sullen wel de Ouderlingen ende Diakenen terstont door voorgaende oordeel des Kercken-Raets der selver ende der naest gheleghener Gemeente van haren dienst afgeset / maer de Dienaers opgeschort worden. Maer of sy geheel vanden dienst af te setten zijn / sal int oordeel der Classe staen.
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