Article 47 — Censure in classis and synod

At the close of the major assemblies censure shall be exercised over those who in the meeting have done something worthy of reproof.

Let all things be done decently and in order,

for:

God is not the author of confusion but of peace. (1 Corinthians 14: 40 and 33).

This is the background of the contents of this article.

By ‘censure’ is meant: admonishing, warning, reprimanding, reproving.

This censure is additional to that of the chairman (Article 34).
It is, of course, different from the Christian censure the ministers, elders and deacons must exercise, according to Article 78, in relation to the execution of their office. Here it is a censure concerning possible misconduct at a classical or synodical meeting.