Act 9, 1704 (IX) – Act anent Excommunication. 27th March 1704.

The General Assembly, considering that the sentence of excommunication is much despised, and that persons do continue to converse unnecessarily and familiarly with such as lie under that sentence, as if they were not excommunicated, do, therefore, enact and appoint that the sentence of excommunication being first intimated throughout all the churches within the Presbytery where the said sentence was pronounced, if the person continue obstinate, that then the Presbyteries give an account thereof to the Synod, who are to appoint the like intimation to be made in all the churches within their bounds; and if, notwithstanding of this and other due means used to reclaim them, they shall continue obstinate, in that case, the Assembly appoints an account of their names, and sentence passed against them, to be brought by the said Synod to the General Assembly, that they may appoint intimation thereof to be made through all the churches of the kingdom: And the Assembly does appoint that at the foresaid respective intimations ministers do take occasion to hold forth the sad state and condition of excommunicated persons, and that they inform the people how to carry towards them.

 

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