This is a question primarily for Reformed Baptist pastors, but I’ll take answers from anyone. Imagine you are a pastor of a 1689 Reformed Baptist church in an area where there are no conservative, confessional, Calvinistic Presbyterian churches for miles. Now, imagine further that while pastoring in this town Presbyterians start to migrate in for college, work, etc. These Presbyterians will not be baptized (as Baptists understand baptism) nor will they allow their children to be. Do you allow them into the membership of your church?
- How do you deal with the inconsistency between your church’s membership practices and your church’s view of the covenant?
- How do you deal with the inconsistency of the requirements you would put on Baptist members vs. the requirements you put on Presbyterians.
For those who will say, “No.”
- How do you refuse someone membership who is clearly functioning as a member in your church, and is theologically hindered from doing so with a good conscience elsewhere?