Puritan Board Senior
There’s no great mystery as to why the church takes this position. Their explanation is literally in the same section you’re quoting from.
In which case it comes across to me as essentially wanting to be a church of the spiritually elite, or especially holy Christians. However piously that is intended or expressed, it too is more an Anabaptistic understanding of how a church is Scripturally constituted, as opposed to the Reformed or Reformed Baptist view that the true church consists of weak and strong, mature and immature believers alike.
There’s a difference between not understanding and disagreeing, or not wanting to understand.
Brother, several times now you have said things like this that seem to question my sincerity or integrity. You will think what you must, but I can only assure you I have been entirely forthright and honorable in my interactions here.
I hope and pray that the Lord will direct you in the way He would have you go, for your good and His eternal purposes and glory. And thus, having spoken my heart, I will bow out of this thread. Pax.