How do baptism and church membership relate? What are the biblical bounds? Baptists debate, "Must one be baptized as a believer in order to join a church?" Meanwhile, Presbyterians and other paedobaptists consider, "Should one who'd refuse to let his children be baptized be permitted to join?"
Our hope is that this three-day forum will, by God's grace, drive us all to consider Scripture's teaching anew and disagree charitably when necessary.
- Michael Horton's article, Membership Requires Affirmation of Infant Baptism
- Jim Hamilton's article, Sometimes Obedience Results in Painful Separations
- David Mathis' article, A Happy Baptist, Happy to Welcome Others
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Baptism and Church Membership - 3 Perspectives
The Gospel Coalition just finished a three-day forum in which they asked three different individuals to weigh in on the connection between baptism and church membership. In particular, they were seeking to answer the following questions: