Further to my post of yesterday I write about a case we had sometime ago. In this case we baptised a lady on confession of faith. She gave a genuine testimony to the Lord’s converting grace.
Subsequently she approached us about membership. When she did so we became aware that there was a situation in her life which was dishonouring to God. Accordingly, we refused to move ahead with her application for membership. Quite simply she was not living in the light of her baptism. She was living illegally in the country and refusing to go back to her home country. There was no bona fide reason why she could not return home; there were no religious or economic threats to her. Yet she persisted in refusing to put this situation right.
I still feel it was right to have undertaken the baptism, although subsequent events have indicated that she will not move on in fulfilling the implications of her baptism.