WHAT DOES ‘MARKING’ MEAN (2THESS 3:14)?

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They are disfellowshipped – The Watchtower 11/15/1952 p. 704 – Questions From Readers

The purpose of observing the disfellowship order is to make the disfellowshiped one realize the error of his way and to shame him, if possible, so that he may be recovered, and also to safeguard your own salvation to life in the new world in vindication of God. (2 Thess. 3:14, 15)

They are SHAMED – The Watchtower 9/15/1954 p. 565 par. 15 – True Love Is Practical

There are proper ways of shaming people with a view to their taking the right course. (2 Thess 3:14-15)

They are NOT disfellowshipped – The Watchtower 9/15/1965 p. 575 – Questions From Readers

At 2 Thessalonians 3:14, 15, was the apostle Paul discussing disfellowshiping?— Apparently not.

They ARE disfellowshipped – The Watchtower 4/1/1971 p. 224 – Questions From Readers

There may be an occasion when the presiding minister announces to the congregation that its representatives have had to expel an unrepentant sinner or had to offer strong discipline to someone because of his unchristian conduct. The members of the congregation are informed so that they can avoid that one altogether or be careful in his presence, as the case may require. (2 Thess. 3:14, 15)

They are NOT disfellowshipped – The Watchtower 5/15/1973 p. 319 – Questions From Readers

these “disorderly” ones were not committing grave offenses such as fornication, idolatry or extortion, offenses which could oblige the congregation to remove them, if unrepentant, disfellowshiping them.

They are marked by individuals in the congregation – The Watchtower 5/15/1973 p. 319 – Questions From Readers

…the members of the congregation individually would do the marking.

They are marked by the elders – The Watchtower 12/1/1976 p. 734 par. 17 – Giving Reproof “Before All Onlookers”

Thereby the congregation would be able to identify any who engaged in these as a bad influence against which to protect themselves.

They are marked by individuals in the congregation – The Watchtower 9/15/1978 p.13 par. 8 – What Does Jehovah Require…?

…individual Christians may have to determine whether the unruly conduct of certain persons associated with the congregation makes them undesirable companions.

They are marked by the elders – The Watchtower 4/15/1985 p. 31 – Questions From Readers

The Christian congregation today also applies this counsel. The Watchtower of February 1, 1982, page 31, stressed that marking is not to be done over mere private opinions or when a Christian personally chooses to avoid close association with someone. First the elders try repeatedly to help the violator by admonishing him. If the problem persists, they may, without naming the person, give a warning talk to the congregation concerning the disorderly conduct involved, even as Paul warned the Thessalonians. After that, individual Christians would keep the erring person “marked.”

They are marked by individuals in the congregation – The Watchtower 12/15/2013 p. 8 par. 9 – Avoid Being “Quickly Shaken From Your Reason”!

If ever someone attending our congregation meetings would try to entice us into discussions of personal speculations or critical conversations, we should definitely be on guard.—2 Thess. 3:13-15.

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