Prospective Members (81442-LC-¶214)
Add a new paragraph to the end of ¶214 as follows:
Persons who acknowledge their active, continuing and unrepentant participation in sin and lifestyles incompatible with Christian teaching are clearly not ready for Professing Membership. Such persons shall be offered spiritual direction by the pastor to enter into a process of examination that focuses upon living in the grace of repentance, forgiveness, and amendment of life that leads to readiness for Professing Membership and holy living.
Taking seriously our own disciplinary standards means that we hold persons accountable BEFORE they become Professing Members (or other categories, also). This is not rejection; it is clarity about our mission of making disciples. Those who are unrepentant are saying they do not wish to be disciples. Clarity benefits.