Our services are open to the public & Catholics are welcome to attend.
Membership in S Baptist churches is individual congregation dependant. Some require new member classes. Others require a testing about beliefs that line up with their own beliefs. (Kinda rare though)
Some people are required to change lifestyles before membership will be granted. IE couples are required to become formally married. Prostitutes are required to quit and get regular jobs.
But not always.
I've heard of a church in Nevada where a pastor actually married a choir member who did the shows in Vegas for a living. (Usually topless & nude).
Each church is unique. Everything is usually voted upon. But again not always.
The truth is not democratic. Nor indeed is it a tyrant.,
The truth is "...God knows who are His"
and while all and sundry may join A church does not mean they have become a member of HIS body.
For we are (if His) begotten again by the will of the father through the Son by the Spirit of God.
and no church membership qualifies you.
That the world is in a reverse reformation is manifested in a creeping acceptance (for peace sake) in all of the denominations that had a reformed foundation accepting the doctins proved beyond all reasonable doubt at the reformation by Scripture and the deeds of them who opposed the truth.
Who still hold to them and preach those damnable heresies and immaculate conceptions that dazzle the imagination but blind men's mind to the truth.
The scriptures still rebukes them even as Peter who they say they honour says so .
That Baptist churches are now receiving this leaven of old will mean that the whole lump will be changed.
in rev 2 the Lord says he is OUTSIDE the church knocking on the door. Thus seeking entrance.
It is worth considering that after the resurrection he walked through as it were locked doors. But now he chooses not to .
Belthezzar found out that there were no doors or great walls can keep God out .
That Jesus is here knocking is therefore a CALL to the WHOLE church .
For there is but ONE Church and therefore with but ONE door.
if then you consider the Baptist church part of THAT body it is a call to the whole of the Baptist church as well as any or all that also claim to be of the Body of Christ.
For do the Baptist claim to be THE church? "which is His body"?
or PART of that body which every joint supplieth?
Whether one or the other . The call is the same to repent .
Even as it is to all .
The promise however is to those "who have ears to hear AND open the door"
For even as John 3:16 is a call to the whole world to repent and be saved.
The promise is only to those who do so and believe .
So then and more the knocking on the door is to the WHOLE body .
But the promise is to those who have ears to hear and opens the door.
Not unto salvation per say but unto the deepest fellowship with the Father and the Son.
Be warned though and be sure that if you receive the promise then you will have to suffer without the camp even as Moses and Jesus did.
For those that have not ears to hear will "..........cast you out of the synagogue"
and it will be found that your enemies will be of your own household.