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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
an act of discipline much used in the ancient Church: the first step toward the recovery or expulsion of delinquents. In case of private offenses it was performed, according to the evangelical rule, privately; in case of public offense, openly before the Church. If either of these sufficed for the recovery of the fallen person, all further proceedings in a way of censure ceased; if they did not, recourse was then had to excommunication (Titus 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Ephesians 3:4; Matthew 3:18). Bingham, Orig. Eccl. bk. 16, ch. 2, 6. It is still exercised in the Methodist Episcopal Church (Discipline of M. E. Church, pt. 3, ch. 1, 5).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Admonition'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/a/admonition.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.