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    The church of Christ today requires nothing more or less to be a member of the church than what was required in the first century.  On the day of Pentecost, the day the Lord's church began, sinners asked, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37).  Peter then told the people to "repent and be baptized...for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38).  Acts 2:41 confirms that about 3,000 were baptized, and verse 47 shows that they were "added" to the church.  The same process by which sinners were saved is the very process by which they became members of Christ's church.  It should also be noted that the New Testament nowhere authorizes voting to see if one can become a member of the church.  Voting on church membership did not originate with God, but with man.  The New Testament teaches that when one hears the Gospel (Romans 10:17), believes the Gospel (Acts 15:7), repents of sins (Acts 2:38), confesses faith in Christ (Romans 10:10), and is baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 22:16),he is added to the Lord's church.  This does not make one a member of a denomination; this makes one a member of the church of Christ!


Excerpt from the tract, "WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?" by Mark Lindley.
(Used with permission.  Edited-LWG)