whoa you disicipled a non member you dont see membership in the Bible? but non members can be a part of church and worship? but they cant do bus mtgs? nor vote? but you can vote out the non members? do you have a church constitution? i is cornfused interesting post ... good morning!!! Pastor Hughes East Mesa Baptist Church http://www.azboss.net/~embc/ ----- Original Message ----- From: Delmer G. Lawson <delgene@...> To: <pastorsforum@...> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 8:09 AM Subject: Re: [PastorsForum] Universal Church > Cecil: > > You did not write me personally, but I would like to respond. > > We had a man attending our church who was not a member. We found that he > was sinning with a woman not his wife. As pastor, I approached the man. > He refused my counsel (saying he would not stop sinning with her), so I > spoke to the deacons about the situation. He refused our counsel, so we > told him he was no longer welcome to worship with us. He no longer > attends our church. Problem solved. We practice Christ's injunction in > Matthew 18. > > There are others attending who are not members. They are saved, and are > welcome to partake of the Communion, but cannot vote at our business > meetings. I announce to them that church business is for members only, > and excuse them. No one has objected, and if they choose to stay because > a member brought them, we do not allow them to vote on church issues. > > Ours is a local Baptist church, which is part of Christ's universal > church, so we feel that no Christian, right with God should be disallowed > to fellowship with us, or be deprived of the Communion. > > I fail to see membership taught in the Bible, and one is scripturally > baptized (by immersion), if he/she is truly saved (and we can only take > their word for it) becomes a part of the family of God, and should be > accepted as a worshipper anywhere he/she is in the world. > > Because of Calvary, yours, > Delmer G. Lawson > Jesus loves you, and I do too > > -- > To unsubscribe, send ANY message to: pastorsforum-unsubscribe@... > > "In essential things, unity; in non-essential things, liberty; and in all things, charity."