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Church membership: a lifelong commitment

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by Jesusthekingofking, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Jesusthekingofking

    Jesusthekingofking Member

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    Is it right to setup a membership of a local church where its members are required to commit to it for life? There's also a rule that duo membership is not possible. Meaning to says you are expected to care, gather, serve in this one local church after you become a member.

    Where does it in the NT there's such a pattern? to me a church is merely a group of believers coming together living the Christian live. Paul didn't setup the church in Corinth and command them not to go to Church in Rome isn't it?
     
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  2. Leet

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    Sounds restrictive and cultish.
     
  3. NerdGirl

    NerdGirl The untamed daughter

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    Sounds overbearing and controlling to me. I wouldn't agree to it.
     
  4. Endeavourer

    Endeavourer Well-Known Member

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    There is no such pattern in the NT. You don't read of memberships at all in the sense we have them.

    You are a lifetime member in the body of Christ. No need to be the lifetime member under the tyranny of a group that is not modelling the church structure as Paul planted it. Lifetime membership invites spiritual abuse. Do some research on victims of church abuse under life time memberships.

    I would not join a church like that in a formal way for any reason whatsoever. If you enjoy their fellowship, just continue attending without the membership paperwork. If they pressure you, just say you are not ready to consider it at this time. Just keep saying that at any interval you are pressed for membership
     
  5. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've never understood "membership". It's ridiculous. If you are born again, you are a member. (Ephesians 3:6). Who would ask a child to sign a pledge to their household? There is one church in each locality. Every other distinction is man-made and utterly unscriptural.
     
  6. dqhall

    dqhall Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The church requires them to swear an oath to attend. It is not wise to swear any such oath.

    Matthew 5:34-37 KJV

    34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
    35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
    36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
    37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
     
  7. Francis Drake

    Francis Drake Returning adventurer.

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    It's more like witchcraft than Christianity.
     
  8. seeking.IAM

    seeking.IAM Episcopalian Supporter

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    I don't know that it's right or wrong, but I would not want to be part of it. It ignores the mobile nature of the modern world. It demands loyalty even if the church takes an errant or undesired path. I, like some others on CF, have left a body that no longer seemed a good fit. I would have to decline. I've never been very partial to being controlled by others.
     
  9. Albion

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    There may be a point to be made about no dual memberships, although I'd consider that to be something that's done only very rarely.

    But on the question of pledging to remain a member of the local congregation for life, no, there's no basis for that.

    Indeed, Scripture speaks of not being yoked together unequally, which is what happens when a denomination completely changes its beliefs. A sincere believer has to be free to change memberships if the church changes its doctrines and practices around him.
     
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