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: “A Church has no right to make anything a condition of membership which Christ has not made a condition of salvation.” “In 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!