Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Must Baptism Precede Membership? Of course!

You wouldn't catch an Anglican saying this: Must Baptism Precede Membership? Of course! | 9Marks:
Must baptism precede membership? Yes. I'd even say, of course! I suppose it is possible you could have an extraordinary situation where the order might get reversed by a few weeks. Getting the order right is not a matter of ontological or salvific necessity, per se. But yes, it generally must precede it, because of what these things are.  Baptism (and the Lord's Supper) is the mechanism that Jesus has given us for declaring someone to be a member of his body, and this happens among real people in a real place called the gathering of a local church.

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