A respectful debate has been taking place between many prominent evangelicals concerning baptism and its relation to church membership. The debate is not so much a look at the arguments for or against infant baptism (paedobaptism) and believer’s baptism (credobaptism) but a discussion on the necessity of proper baptism (proper depending on theological conviction) for local church membership. The debate then branched off into the question of whether or not to withold the Lord’s Supper from believers who have not been baptized according to that particular churches defintion of baptism. The men involved with the discussion include Wayne Grudem, John Piper, Mark Dever, Abraham Piper, Sam Storms, and Ligon Duncan. Justin Taylor has outlined and linked the entirety of this debate on his blog. Go read through the discussion and then come back and tell me what you think. Should churches allow both types of baptism in considering membership or only baptism based on their theological conviction? Should believers who have been baptized as infants be denied the Lord’s Supper in a Baptist church?

What Do You Think?