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The Editorial

Church with walls

As pastor I get teased sometimes that it seems harder to become a member of our church than it is to get into heaven.

John Benton

With a smile I reply that, sadly, that is probably true. The reason is that, whereas the Lord Jesus can see into people’s hearts and so know for certain who is really his, we mere mortals can’t. So, persuaded that we should be aiming at a church membership made up of real Christians, the leadership listens to people’s stories of how they came to Christ and looks for signs of genuine godliness and obedience to Christ and his commands. Obviously, we can’t guarantee we always get it right, but, with God’s help, we do our best.