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FRONT PAGE  |  11/16/2019
SUNDAY, APR 17, 2016  |  236 comments
Is Church Membership Biblical?

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Though the word is never mentioned, the specter of Romanticism haunts Is Church Membership Biblical? (2015), a new entry in Reformation Heritage Books’ Cultivating Biblical Godliness series.

Do formal commitments enhance or stifle the heart’s longings? Romanticism, as the 19th-century literary and philosophical movement was called, insists that formality represses truth and that the only honest lifestyle is to follow one’s heart. Naturally, things like marriage and formal church membership are anti-Romantic. Curiously enough, so are the booklet’s authors, conservative Presbyterian ministers Ryan M. McGraw and Ryan Speck.

The basic line of argument in their booklet runs thus: The church is a community. Like every community, it is made up of individual members. But without formal commitment to the community, made by taking vows and being written down on an official list, it is impossible to fulfill the Bible’s commands. God commands us to greet one another, submit to our leaders, and exercise church discipline by admitting to and expelling from the church. These commands require physical presence with each other, and a clear demarcation of who is inside the church and who is outside it.

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John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Yawner wrote:
Where in the Bible can I read about Mass? I've been searching for its mention, but have not found it yet.
Well naturally the word Mass is not in the Bible but the scriptural parts to the Mass(Bible readings, the doctrines found in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds, prayers to Jesus, the Lord's Prayer, the words of Jesus from the Last Supper) are from the Bible.

News Item4/24/16 6:10 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
2 Tim. 3:16 wrote:
I was referring to my post not yours. I wrote:"The intention (of my previous post) was to promote general introspection. Not comment on peoples prior actions. The posts/posters in question may well have shown grace and wisdom at other times and on other threads, but that is besides the point." (the point I was making in my previous post). I hope this helps clear up any misunderstanding. Have a blessed afternoon!
no need to respond, but you are now stating a comment I made 36 minutes before your post is beside the point that you made

News Item4/24/16 3:20 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
2 Tim. 3:16 wrote:
...that is besides the point. .
seeing that your p.s. comment (to which I was responding) was on what I said in a previous post, meaning the point was MY comment, not sure how what I said is beside the point??? strange indeed

News Item4/24/16 1:46 PM
Shane | Socal  Find all comments by Shane
Shenanigans indeed.

News Item4/23/16 11:20 PM
Moderator Alpha  Protected NameFind all comments by Moderator Alpha
A friendly reminder to all:

Keep your comments civil and on topic.

Observance of these simple rules will eliminate what happened today in this thread.

Your anticipated cooperation is appreciated.


News Item4/23/16 9:30 PM
Hmmm  Find all comments by Hmmm
I think if one reads ALL the comments that were posted today 4/23/ is very clear that most was a misrepresentation of two posters that were having a dialogue when another showed up with the usual lofty ethereal two cents that was actually off target and none of their business...the rest is history.

News Item4/23/16 9:04 PM
Hmmm  Find all comments by Hmmm
GSMontana wrote:

Shows what is in the inside of them..foolishness.


News Item4/23/16 8:55 PM
Geff  Find all comments by Geff
I will be praying for your recovery as well, and your family. God bless!

News Item4/23/16 8:54 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
TMC wrote:
some of the verses .. may be a tad strong ..
Sadly this may appear true.
However, sometimes particular situations demand a firm approach.
Thanks for your kindness otherwise.

News Item4/23/16 8:51 PM
GSMontana  Find all comments by GSMontana

News Item4/23/16 8:48 PM
Geff  Find all comments by Geff
Lizards on the prowl,
Go take that medication you're supposed to take, and then go to bed and dream about those lizzards. Good night!

News Item4/23/16 8:47 PM
SteveR | Mt Zion  Find all comments by SteveR
Lizard whisperer wrote:
Lizards told me that Trump is now part of their sceam! They have beat him into submission! And now will use him to advance their profound macinations!
The appropriate term for reptilian humanoid illuminati creatures bent on the destruction and domination of the planet is "slizzard" not lizard

News Item4/23/16 8:46 PM
Lizards on the prowl from underground  Find all comments by Lizards on the prowl from underground
You believe in Wookie flu, yet you deny the Lizzard Overlords? This is science fiction versus reality!!!

News Item4/23/16 8:44 PM
Geff  Find all comments by Geff
KwiJohn 8:32 is strong in the ways of the flu. May the flu go leave you!

News Item4/23/16 8:41 PM
TMC | Midwest  Find all comments by TMC
Was glad to hear you are well- KwiJohn gave me his Wookie Flu! Only 2 Tim. is left standing!

We can agree to disagree.

Goodnight and God Bless!


News Item4/23/16 8:38 PM
Geff  Find all comments by Geff
Lizzards on the prowl wrote:

Yes, dear? Please stop it with the nonsense.


News Item4/23/16 8:33 PM
Lizards on the prowl from underground  Find all comments by Lizards on the prowl from underground
You can't tell me the Lizzard Overlords aren't real! I have seen the proof! I have seen it with my own eyes! You are denying the truth!

Lizard whisperer,
You are wrong. Stop with your wicked lies!


News Item4/23/16 8:33 PM
Hmmm  Find all comments by Hmmm
Strongly disagree, Geff is a pot stirrer and a busybody, but I respect your right to your opinion.
Good evening.

News Item4/23/16 8:30 PM
Lizard whisperer  Find all comments by Lizard whisperer
Lizards told me that Trump is now part of their sceam! They have beat him into submission! And now will use him to advance their profound macinations!

News Item4/23/16 8:28 PM
Geff  Find all comments by Geff
Lizards on the prowl from underground wrote:
Trump is the only Republican Presidential Candidate who can dispell the Lizzard Overlords and their plans! Take heed!!!

Give me a break! Really?! Lizzard Overlords?! Come on, dude, what's wrong with you?

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