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I would like to ask if it is really necessary or Biblical that a Christian should be or need to be a "registered member" in a local church.

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No it is not nesscesary to be a member of any physical chruch because as long as we fellowship with believers we could be outside Like Jesus was, we're under Gods spiritual family,members, that is more important then a denom name.
---candice on 12/16/07

Many Christians are churchgoers, but many churchgoers are not Christians. As Christians we should be following after the Lord Jesus Christ and his word. Physical buildings and registrations aside, I have inside information that the Lord will not be checking on buildings are registrations in churches before He calls His church home to be with Him!!!
---mima on 4/9/07

Registration is only required for 501(c) 3 tax exemptions, for corporations.. Remember the money changers?
---Lynn on 6/22/06

I certainly would not hand their names and numbers over --- what for? More members in the church? I would tell the new converts to ask the Lord to show them where they should go to church. Maybe you could have a list for them of appropriate churches they could visit.
---Helen_5378 on 6/19/06

Church membership? Because I pray with many people about their salvation local church wants me to give them the names and numbers of people I pray with. For example I prayed with 12 people this weekend. The reason they want these names is to call and invite them into THEIR church. Of course they are already in God's church. Question do you think I should do this? Often questioned by those accepting Jesus, I never recommend a church instead I recommend reading the Bible starting with John.
---mima on 6/19/06

You don't have to be a member of a specific church. But it is probably better if you are a member. It all depends on how much you want to support the church that you attend. Most churches are not going to pick non-members to be church school teachers or serve on church boards or committees. It all depends on your personal involvement, you can just attend sit in the pew and have a free ride; Or join and help make you church an effective tool to to accomplish the task God has give it in today's world.
---notlaw99 on 6/6/06

Well Jack, the one walking around with a root of bitterness in his heart, and works the music board, tithes, etc., is a member of the church and he is my ex-husband and YES I KNOW what's inside his heart. He tells everyone how much he hates me and still has his gun, etc., and we've been divorced for 5 years now. That's why I won't post a fabrication, I post truth on these blogs. I DO know what's inside his heart.
---Donna9759 on 6/5/06

I think it is necessary especially if you are new to the place or locality. Being a member, the church would have reasons to look after your welfare. Joining church activities won't be difficult too if you are a registered member.
---Raine on 6/4/06

Donna, do you really know what's in their hearts?

Or do you just want credit for knowing.

Seems to me that you're doing EXACTLY the same thing you accuse me of doing.
---Jack on 6/2/06

No. If a church makes you sign your name onto a piece of paper before you can go there, there is something wrong with that church. It is okay to have members, but to me it is silly to put their name onto a piece of paper. I don't see the point in it. I know some churches, that once you sign your name, then later on decide to leave, you still have to pay your tithes to that church because your name is written down in their book. That is not of God, that is Satan, no doubt.
---Rebecca_D on 6/2/06

lee, why? are you afraid they will leave? Or do you think if they go through a member's class and sign a piece of paper, that will make them stay longer?
Wouldn't membership have been mentioned by the Apostle Paul SOMEWHERE in his epistles? or even Peter or John? They wrote books too, but no one mentioned membership. It just says "Don't forsake the gathering of the brethren."
---Donna9759 on 6/2/06

As a member of a Bible distribution ministry it is necessary that I have membership in a church.
---lee on 6/2/06

I totally agree with Thomas and emg. Jack, you really need to be careful when you insinuate things. Your comment: Could it be you don't want the responsibility for the local church that members are expected to show? My answer to you is: I've shown MORE than my responsibility to the church I go to. However, there are people in churches who walk with bitterness and unforgiveness in their heart, yet they tithe, work the music thing, and go to functions, does that make it right to be a member?
---Donna9759 on 6/2/06

Jack the type of booked seat to which you refer, for revenue, rarely (if ever) happens now, but there are many churches where, if someone sits in a seat considered to be someone else's seat you will be asked to move. This is absolutely horrible and even worse to treat a visitor that way. There is little wonder that some churches on are the decline.
---emg on 6/2/06

To Jack, You say it doesn't make sense for Donna to go to the same church and not join it. I've been to the same church for 13 yrs. and I haven't joined as a member. Belonging to the body of Christ is all that matters. Being a member of a church on earth won't get you to heaven. It's what's in your heart that counts "JESUS" Think about it.
---Thomas_D. on 6/2/06

Jack, you're going to get hurt JUMPING to conclusions. Did I say I have been going to this church for 23 years? or did I say: I've known this Pastor for 23 years? We need to be careful and read the blog correctly. Thank you. I love you Jack.
---Donna9759 on 6/2/06

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>>Some even have booked seats where no-one else can sit .<<

The custom of pew-rents as a way of raising parish revenues has pretty much fallen into abeyance, though a couple of hundred years ago was the general custom.

Some big famous churches (e.g., St. Patrick's Cathedral) require admisssion tickets to the Christmas midnight service or Easter service--to make sure that the faithful attenders are not crowded out by casual vistors or drive-by Christians who otherwise don't darken the door.
---Jack on 6/2/06

Donna, why would you go to the same church for 23 years and not join it? This doesn't make sense.

Could it be you don't want the responsibility for the local church that members are expected to show?
---Jack on 6/2/06

No, BUT...Pastors make it mandatory. I've known this Pastor for 23 years and he asked me "When are you going to come to our new members class?" I said "when are you going to stop asking me that." I told him, "You shall know them by their fruit, not by their membership. I hate it when Pastors make it mandatory, don't you?
---Donna9759 on 6/2/06

emg, I had an experience just like you said. I was visiting a church, and as I was sitting a man came up and tapped me on the back of my shoulder and looked down on me and condescendingly said, "You can't stay here buddy, you can move somewhere else." Offended, I did exactly that, I got up and straightway left that place to instead go to a welcoming church.
---Eloy on 6/2/06

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Read the NT< especially Acts.

Were the beleivers spiritually Lone Rangers, or were they active members of the local body?

Imagine someone saying this, "King David, I want a relationship with you and I want you to be my personal king, but I don't want to have anything to do with your Kingdom or the people in it, and I don't want to be on your census roll."

'Nuff said?
---Jack on 6/2/06

Many churches make up their own rules. Some will not allow anyone except a man in a clerical collar to take a communion service, others will not baptize a born-again, life-long attendee who is not an official member etc. Some even have booked seats where no-one else can sit (pity the poor visitor who didn't know that). It's very sad but true.
---emg on 6/2/06

No it's not necessary or Biblical. When you become a real born-again Christian, God himself writes your name in heaven, into the Lamb's Book of Life. Some churches have directories or albums of their members, showing their pictures and names and addresses, but this is just a keep sake and good to have to pray over certain persons shown in them.
---Eloy on 6/2/06

The spirit that lives for Christ wants to see him high and lifted up and will seek out a place in which this happens.

Nothing is needed for that, but the membership does lift his name because it says I agree with you that Jesus is Lord, and also it brings you under his protection.

Paul had to "turn people over to Satan" for blaspheming. (expulsion from the church)
---Pharisee on 6/1/06

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Personally I belong to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a member of the kingdom of God. My fellowship is with my fellow man where ever I meet him. My Father tells me there will come a time when we will not confine ourselves to any given place of worship. For true worshippers will worship Him by relying on His Spirit to lead them into His truth and then empower them to live out that truth. (Jn. 4:21-24). The only registration book that means anything is the book of life.
---Josef on 6/1/06

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