When a person has made a profession of faith and is a member in good standing of a true church, as defined by these three marks: the preaching of the Gospel, the administration of the sacraments and the exercise of church discipline, I believe that we are under an obligation to assume that this person's faith is genuine. (emphasis mine)This is a very traditional definition. The article is a good defense for the importance of discipline one considering the unity of the church.
Friday, June 22, 2007
An older editorial 2nd part by Challies in which he sets down criteria for assuming someone is actually a Christian.