Membership Vows Before Baptism in The PCA BCO - Explanations?

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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.
 

fredtgreco

Vanilla Westminsterian
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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.
 

Unoriginalname

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

Romans922

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