Who wrote the church covenant? An example is below.?

Revised 11/2006

CONSTITUTION OF BERWYN BAPTIST CHURCH

CHURCH COVENANT

I, having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the

profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do

now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one

body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of

this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship,

ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of

the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our

kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements,

and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use

of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and from nonmedicinal narcotics; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the

kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in

sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take

offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church

where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

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  • bess
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    I think the Baptist leaders did and I believe that it was during or just after prohibition of Alcohol. It is the same without the name of building in the Baptist Church that I have attended. You have to agree to that if you want to be a member. I'm not sure that they really enforce it though.

  • 1 decade ago

    Probably the founders of the particular church or denomination. It's quite legalistic and not from the Bible at all. As it uses the term "nonmedicinal narcotics" one has to believe tht it is fairly new.

  • 1 decade ago

    Since Baptists are generally independent in their operations, most likely this was developed locally -- especially since it contains specific rules that other churches are not necessarily bound to. You may want to ask your pastor, he might have developed this in conjunction with other pastors in the area. Hopefully he's not making people sign it, if he did he might be severely restricted in his outreach.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jerome K. Jerome .

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