What did Calvin Think about Church Membership? In the 20th century, it became common to dismiss the visible church as an unnecessary tradition of men. The modern said, “You don’t have to join a church to be a Christian.” We had become “wise” and discarded the outdated church. Contrary to this, stood Cyprian’s ancient claim, “You cannot have God for your Father unless you have the church for your Mother.” Calvin thought more like Cyprian than the modern individualist, saying, Because it is now our intention to discuss the visible church, let us learn even from the simple title ‘mother’. . .
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