Friday, June 22, 2007

Obligation to assume

An older editorial 2nd part by Challies in which he sets down criteria for assuming someone is actually a Christian.

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.

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