Puritan Church Membership
By Javail Wallace
The puritan churchmembership requires discipline an love. The membership associates an individual with a specific local congregation. The term "puritan" first began as a taunt or insult applied by traditonal Angilcans to those who criticized or wished to "purify" the church of England. Its a formailzed public declaration of commitment to the church including many different forms of commitment such as baptism, profession of faith and personal testimony. Puritans were extremely different from other christians because of their many beliefs. Predestination; believeing that jesus and participation in the sacraments could not alone effect ones salvation. The commitments made to congregation and community through voluntary obediance to agreements ensured order and a functional system of reliogous and politcal goveranance. This system came to be called Congregational or "New England Way".
Church membership, theopedia, Church emmbership-Doug Philips, page#3, 05 september 2014.