Membership Vows Before Baptism in The PCA BCO - Explanations?

Discussion in 'Church Order' started by Mushroom, Feb 25, 2013.

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  1. Mushroom

    Mushroom Puritan Board Doctor

    Hi. I'm a little confused to find in the PCA BCO Ch 57 Par 5 that when an unbaptized candidate for Church membership is admitted, they first make the vows of membership, then are baptized. That seems backward to me, but I am sure there is some well-though-out reason for it of which I am unaware. Can anyone here on PB please provide that reasoning? The order is obviously reversed in the case of covenant children being admitted to the table.
  2. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    It would be my understanding that the membership vows are a part of (and not distinct from) a profession of faith. After such profession, the adult is baptized.
  3. Unoriginalname

    Unoriginalname Puritan Board Junior

    That's what I always thought since the vows generally force someone to confess their faith before the congregation.
  4. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    For infant baptism, it would be the same thing. Public profession via parent's vows and then baptism.
  5. Mushroom

    Mushroom Puritan Board Doctor

    Well that clears things up! Thanks!
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