Membership Subscription( Scriptural & Historical Basis)

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  1. deathtolife

    deathtolife Puritan Board Freshman

    Hello friends-

    I am wondering if anybody can shed light on the Scriptural and/or historical basis for membership subscription vows in Presbyterianism. Are there any foundations for
    the practice of membership subscription vows?

    Bannerman says:
    " A visible profession of belief in the Gospel- comprehending under the word profession not only the confession of the lips, but also a corresponding life and conduct-is the single qualification necessary to rank a man a member of the visible Church of Christ."

    A.A. Hodge says:

    β€œA Church has no right to make anything a condition of membership which Christ has not made a condition of salvation.”

    β€œIn all Churches a distinction is made between the terms upon which private members are admitted to membership, and the terms upon which office-bearers are admitted to their sacred trusts of teaching and ruling.”


    Thoughts?
    Thank you!
     
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    Jake Puritan Board Junior

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