Currently reading: A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards by George M. Marsden (kindle edition)
Timothy demanded that prospective communicant members of the church (people who could partake of “communion” or the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper) be able to give a precise account of their journey from rebellious sinner to regenerate (“born again”) convert. He did not expect them to recount a moment of sudden conversion, but rather they should tell of a step-by-step progress resulting in a certifiably transformed life (Loc 187-189, Kindle Edition)
Should this be more of the case at CrossView Church? Should we be more intentional in examining a “a step-by-step progress resulting in a certifiably transformed life” before we take one into membership or baptism? I think I learned at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in my internship there that the answer is yes. I don’t think that’s the case though. I know we are in a different context than a persecuted church like much of the churches during the fist century. But in Acts 2 they baptized all who professed. I’d agree with Poythress who thinks this may be a bit too rigorous. But one should expect life from those who profess faith, one should call them to it, and churches should hold their members accountable to the saving faith in Christ they profess. If churches were strong in accountability and church discipline, you can let people into the membership who profess faith credibly without the depth of “a step-by-step progress resulting in a certifiably transformed life” as they understand they will be held accountable and disciplined if refusing to repent when called to for their sin.