Baptist views

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  1. Rooster

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    In previus discusions I was told there are no particular Baptist views, and I must say their are Baptist views , and guidlines that define the Baptist Faith, look at the bottom of the screen and notice an area that looks something like this:
    |advertize|SOF|Posting rules|support us|Bible reading plan|, and so on... now click on the SOF and read the "views of Baptist" the "guidlines " of the Baptist church. they do exsist as it is shown right here on the Baptist Board. [​IMG]
     
  2. StefanM

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    That's a statement of some Baptists. Not all Baptists adhere to the same standards. If they did, there wouldn't be so many Baptist denominations/conventions/associations.
     
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    Of course there are generak "Baptist Beliefs." The list of what is soemtimes called the "Baptist Distictives" is an example. Key in that is soemthing called "Individual Soul Liberty" which gives us diversity in some views of scripture. There is, however, no set of "Baptist views" to which all who call themselves "Baptist" must hold.
     
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    Anyone can call themselves Baptist, as is evidenced regularly here on this board
     
  5. Rooster

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    So then not all Baptist hold the same doctrin of salvation? Do diferant Baptist belive salvation comes from works or some other source? Do some Baptist pray to the saints? Is there not anything that Identifies Baptist as a particular faith, or doctrine? Is the Baptist Church that disorganized? :confused:
    please do not read these questions as antaginistick, rather inquizitive. [​IMG]
     
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    Rooster,
    Maybe baptism by immersion is one identifying doctrine and I'm not really completely sure of this. Any of you theologians know of any Baptists who are non-immersion? Thanks for putting up with my simplicity.
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    Even in the face, or light of the truth, that is even advertised right here on the baptist board in the SOF link, people want to deny the thread that is common amongst Baptist. why is that? can't stand being wrong? There are common threads that tie the Baptist church together, and defines the Baptist church , don't know what it is? just click the SOF link to see it, I have seen this at other occations too. This is what the views of the Baptist church are, if these are not the views of some particular Baptist Church, then maybe its not a Baptist church, and doesn't have a particular label, and uses "Baptist" to mislead people, or maybe they are ignorrant to what the "Baptist" church views are. Otherwise any Morrman, Catholic, Jew, Satanic cult could call them selves Baptist. thats my 2 cents.
     
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    The SOF is the statement of faith of the Southern Baptist Convention. That is only one group of Baptists. Free-will Baptists, American Baptists, Independent Baptists, etc. may not agree with everything in the statement of faith. Even within Southern Baptist circles you'll find people who disagree with some of it.
     
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    Yes , you are right, but even the American baptist, Free Will Baptist, Independant Baptist have simular statements of faith, and even those are closly knitted together, and simular to doctrin.
     
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    WallyGator said:

    Pretty much.

    Seriously, as has been noted by C4K, Baptists have traditionally been defined by their "distinctives," the most historically important of which have been soul liberty and the priesthood of the believer. Baptists have disagreed about eschatology, salvation and even the details of church government and will continue to do so.
     
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    The following is a nice list of the baptist distinctives. Basically almost all baptists worldwide agree on these. (I hope)

    1. Biblical Authority for faith and practice. We accept only the Bible as our authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe the Word of God, the Bible is complete and it solely, "...is given of by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished (equipped) unto all good works." (II Timothy 3:16-17). We reject that God is giving supposed "new" Revelation, believing that God forbids any adding to or taking away of the canon of Scriptures. (Rev. 22:18-19).

    2. Saved, Baptized Membership. We believe the church is to be made up of saved baptized believers. Baptist reject the baptism of infants flatly! The church is made up of Baptized believers only. (Acts 2:41-42) An infant is not capable of believing, and is protected by the Grace of God until the age of accountability. Further, only those who have made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and trusted in Him as their Savior is a member of the body of Christ, and thus can be a member of the body of Christ on earth, the local New Testament church.

    3. Two Ordinances or Commands from Jesus Christ:
    Believer's Baptism: The baptism by immersion of one who has already confessed publicly of their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It serves to publicly declare the believer's identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, portrayed by the baptism. Believer's Baptism excludes infants or others who cannot express their faith in Christ as their Savior. 
    The Lord's Supper - Communion: The regular gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. It serves as a constant reminder of the price of our salvation and encourages believers to keep in right relationships with Christ and other believers, in order to participate.

    4. Autonomy of a local church. Simply stated the Scriptures gives no higher authority than the local congregation of born again, baptized believers. We believe that the local church is to be governed by the Word of God, and the local church does not need, or does the Scripture teach that the local body rests under the authority of any earthy group. It is a group unto itself, under the authority of God, and solely responsible unto Him for its conduct, direction and affairs. Jesus in Rev. 2:6,15, that he "hated" the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes. The group of heretics in the early church along with other doctrinal errors promoted a clerical hierarchy in the church.

    5. The Priesthood of the believer. The Scripture teaches that every believer can without the aid of priests or churchmen go, "boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in the time of need". (Hebrews 4:16) The Scripture states further in Hebrews 10:19, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus." The believer does not needed a priest or a church to intercede on their behalf to God. The believer can boldly, by the fact of being washed in the blood of Christ, instantly be in contact with God by simple prayer, and further can bring his petitions or requests for forgiveness of sins directly to God himself. (I John 1:19) No church has the authority to forgive sins or grant intercession to God.

    6. Religious freedom. Sometimes we refer to this as "freedom of conscience." We believe that every person is responsible to God for his/her own religious beliefs and practices. Therefore, they should have the right to worship God as their own convictions and conscience dictate.

    7. Separation of Church and State. Jesus said to "render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's." Further the Scripture says "what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion that light with darkness?" No power on earth is higher than God's Word, and the church should not be in any way yoked with the state, or controlled by it. We support the rightly appointed authority of government over us and pray for them that we live our lives in peace.
    http://uecb.by.ru/eng/seven.htm
     
  12. Rooster

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    AMEN SISTER JULIE!!!! [​IMG] I'm not trying to say that all Baptist Churches have the same bylaws, and exact belifes, which I am starting to find out for my self. But there is a Common thread that gives the Baptist faith a definition, and seperates it self from other religons.
     

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