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Local Church Membership Q&A – 13

Church on a hill

Previous posts in this series were based on a pamphlet provided to me in my search for direction regarding local church membership.  A brother named Cody sought to help me and I wish him well.

When I replied with the previous responses, I did not hear from him for a period of time.  Of course, I feared I may have come off a bit strong, and in the interest of maintaining communication, reached out to him again.

As I have been thinking on this topic, I have considered 9 questions.

Time for Questions

One question will be offered for comment in the following posts Consider and respond, or again, if you want to discuss just let me know.

Does Local Church Membership allow for a “country club” environment?

Remember the Biblical image of the church is one of family, not of an exclusive/elite club!

Formal church membership smacks of club-ship (Is that a word?)

Our next post will address another question concerning the teaching of local church membership.  I do hope you will join me in my discussion with Cody, and supply comment or correction from the Word for our mutual edification.

If you read something in this discussion that concerns you, please take the time to send me your comments or reply within the post.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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3 thoughts on “Local Church Membership Q&A – 13

  1. Sadly, in some cases, it does end up being more like a country club than a church. I am fortunate to be a part of a church that is more like a family than anything. I think Christian fellowship is extremely important as I have found great comfort, encouragement, and strength from my fellow brethren.

    I also believe that organization is essential. The early church was organized, and elders and deacons were set in place. When we look at the old testament sanctuary service, we see beautiful order. Every part had a beautiful and important meaning. The church I attend has tried to keep things very global and organized. Our local churches work closely with conferences ( Provincial) that work closely with divisions (North America, South America, etc.). The divisions then come together as a general conference. As a result, we have been able to make thousands of schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. This does not, however, leave room for exclusiveness.

    Do I think that you can only be saved if you are a part of my denomination? No. I believe that you can be saved no matter what church you attend. It comes down to whether or not we are following all the light God has given. Did God intend for the church to be broken into so many denominations like it is today? I don’t think so. This is a result of the many deceptions of the dark ages. There were many godly men such as Calvin, Martin Luther, John Huss, etc. that fought for the truth and right of conscience. Sadly those that followed these men stopped searching for new beams of light and were content with what their founder had found. God wants us to be ever advancing in the light found in the word of God. I believe there is one truth and that all who search the scriptures as the Bereans did will eventually end up at the same conclusion. I am still on this journey and find I learn new things daily!

    Let’s make it our work to search the scriptures for truth and follow what we find to be right. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17.

    God Bless


    1. Agreed. Although many of the churches I’ve been involved in are very inclusive, I have been involved in a couple that were very “closed”
      It is a difficult balance to maintain if doctrinal error and/or moral purity is required in the congregation.

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