I am a Missionary Baptist who has recently had some doubts about what he's being taught about the church. Missionary Baptists here in middle Tennessee teach that in order to become part of the Lord's church you need to present yourself for membership and then you are baptized with authority into the church. Church is defined as purely local and not spiritual or invisible. Churches that don't have authority - no lineage back to Christ - are not a church and their baptisms are invalid. You are not in the bride of Christ if you are not the right kind of Baptist according to them. You'll just be a wedding guest. 1. Cor. 12:13 is being re-interpreted to mean "For by one Spirit are we all lead to be baptized ..." meaning the Spirit leads you to be baptized into a Baptist-brider church. I have so many doubts about this. I can't believe that anymore. I believe I belong to the body of Christ since I'm saved and not since I'm immersed in the baptistry by Bro. so-and-so. Then I have discovered that many Missionary Baptist preachers, deacons and influential members wear Masonic apparel. I have seen ushers with the Masonic symbol tattoed into their hands. What an obscure message there is in a handshake? A biography of numerous Missionary Baptist preachers revealed how many are actually in the lodge (Royal Arch Mason ?!?). What is that? Does a good soldier of the Lord Jesus need to bow before a 'worshipful master' to be initiated into Luciferian philosphy. One preacher said that baptism is the "initiation rite" into the church. Like the Masons, so do some of our preachers have a fascination for John the Baptist. These preachers exalt John the Baptist because from him comes the "authority to baptize" and the name of our denomination, "Baptist". I can't believe that anymore. There is an independent, fundamental Baptist church in town and they expose Freemasonry and they are not Baptist-briders either. They believe that Holy Ghost baptism places you in the curch when you get saved. And the term "church" refers also to a spiritual body and not just the local congregation. There is not a single Mason at that church and they sure wouldn't let one preach or pastor. Why is it that the Baptist-brider churches are so filled with Masonry? Is there any connection? Please pray that the Lord helps me out of this current state of confusion and doubt. I love God and the salvation He gave me through Jesus Christ, but it is sad to see these weird things in the church. Thanks for any of your comments!