Beliefs Jana Riess: Flunking Sainthood Opinion

An in-depth look at every individual excommunicated by Jesus Christ in scripture

JesusYesterday, the New York Times reported that at least a dozen Mormons are facing church discipline, primarily for their vocal support of women’s ordination or same-sex marriage.

Not all of these Latter-day Saints face possible excommunication, as do John Dehlin and Kate Kelly; some, such as Kate’s parents, have had their temple recommends removed because of their support for her ideas.

Given the current climate, it seems prudent to explore what Jesus might have done, particularly since the LDS Church teaches that “in gospel learning, as in all things, Jesus Christ is our perfect example.”

So I searched the scriptures and prepared this exhaustive list of all the people Jesus excommunicated from full church fellowship, along with the specific reasons for those disciplinary actions:















































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About the author

Jana Riess

Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of many books, including "The Prayer Wheel" (Random House/Convergent, 2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church" (Oxford University Press, 2019). She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.