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Baptism and church membership revisited

Last March, I wrote about “an open approach to church membership” and described a proposal that was being put forward by leadership at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Minneapolis. I concluded my comments with this statement: All in all, I think that the elders at Bethlehem Baptist have struck a very nice balance and I wish them well as they pursue the matter with the congregation. At the ETS meetings in Milwaukee, last November, Stanley Fowler … Continue reading

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An open approach to church membership

The Gospel Coalition blog has been running an interesting “forum” on church membership, which the editor introduces this way:  How do baptism and church membership relate? What are the biblical bounds? Baptists debate, ‘”ust one be baptized as a believer in order to join a local church?” Meanwhile, Presbyterians and other paedobaptists consider, “Should one who’d refuse to let his children be baptized be permitted to join?’” The blog has previously run expressions of the … Continue reading

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