Mr. Keener, the head deacon was quick to offer this newly arrived gentlemen a fine seat in the padded pews near the front. Mr. Christian had the look of one who enthusiastically enjoyed the sermon preacher Parsons delivered that morning. As the service closed, Mr. Christian turned to extend a warm hand of fellowship to Joe and Martha Snobbly who in turn profusely welcomed the visitor with outstretched arms. Quickly taking hold of Professing's arm, Mrs. Snobbly led him straight to Pastor Parsons who was standing and talking to the other deacon, Mr. Hippicrit.
"Pastor Parsons, you must meet our new visitor, he is a fine christian if I have ever seen one". The pastor turned to greet the new gentlemen and glancing over his appearance immediately raised his right hand to welcome the man. "Why pleased to meet you sir, I do trust you enjoyed the service this morning?"
"Yes, I was really moved by your sermon, pastor, in fact I would like to discuss becoming a member of your fine church. As President of a global investment firm, I have chosen to set up our corporate headquarters in this tranquil little community. I do trust you will accept me as a member?"
Pastor Parsons paused for a moment, considering the bountiful increase in tithes that potentially lay head of him, then replied, "Why sir, we would be more than happy to have you join our loving church."
As Mrs. Snobbly scurried her newly found friend away, you quickly seize the opportunity to approach the pastor and question him on his quick acceptance of this unknown man.
Now It's Your Turn
What will you say? How will you discern whether or not this man is genuinely saved and is in fact a child of God? After all, as members of the congregation you will ultimately decide if this man can join your church and participate in the local ministry.
I would sincerely appreciate hearing how you would go about assessing the candidate for membership to your church based upon the requirement of salvation. Please give me your thoughts and be as brief or lengthy as you wish.
Thanks again for being an active participant.