Practicing Discernment: Membership Application for Ambassador Bible Fellowship in Meridian, Idaho

This post is a discernment exercise from an EFCA Church in Idaho. Look over the membership application and ask yourself is this healthy? Is it Biblical? Is it cult-like? Would you get involved or should you stay away?

“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”

Edward De Bono

“To live is to think.”

Marcus Cicero

That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

Acts 17: 10-12 NLT

Outside Glacier National Park in Montana

This is a discernment post that comes from Ambassador Bible Fellowship in Merdian, Idaho. Ambassador is a part of the EFCA. On their website they have the membership application which you can access below. ABF-Membership-Application_Jul-2019-w_o-EFCA-SoF Ambassador Bible Fellowship is led by Thomas Herringshaw. Look over the application and ask yourself. Is this a healthy church? Is it cult-like? What theology do they have here? Is it legalistic? Or is is laid back? The point of these exercises is to get you to think for yourself. As always feel free to comment below. 

 

2 thoughts on “Practicing Discernment: Membership Application for Ambassador Bible Fellowship in Meridian, Idaho

  1. Holy Cow! That was one of the more awful ones I’ve seen. Right from the start, where it not only wants to know your marital status, but the personal details behind a divorce or separation. It wants to know if you have had issues with prior churches, so they can screen out anybody who might be inclined to raise objections about anything. You have to agree with their “statement of faith” in it’s entirety, not just most of it. They not only want your own statement of faith, they want the standard canned 3-part “testimony”, dictating the structure of someone’s personal story. No independent thinking will be permitted here, nosiree. And they want the story in MS Word “so it can be easily read and/or revised (if needed).” REVISED? If you are telling your own story, why would they need it in a format that can be revised? So they can make sure that you fit in their nice little box, I expect.

    And they require acceptance of their “Statement on Marriage and Sexuality” which is part of their “Distinctiveness” document. I looked that up, and it’s the usual evangelical homophobia, built right into their requirements. I read more of that document, and it’s appalling. Complementarianism, creationism, biblical counseling, just a parade of things to be avoided.
    http://ambassadorbiblefellowship.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-07-ABF-Distinctives.pdf

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