The way we do church membership is not found in Scripture. The body of Christ is a universal body. The members of the body are all Christ followers.
Does encouraging people to become members of a local assembly encourage or discourage them from viewing themselves as part of Christ's larger body?
Does encouraging people to become members of a local assembly that does not get along well with other assemblies force Christ followers to pick sides on battle lines created by others in past generations?
I suspect the way membership is done in local assemblies often does more harm than good to the unity of Christ's body.
Yes it may encourage unity in a local sense... but what are they unified towards??? Unified around a unique set of beliefs that puts them in opposition to other Christ followers?
What are the benefits to local 'church' membership?
- I don't go to church
- Thoughts on membership
- Some membership questions - with some verses
- Leaving or joining church