Baptists I grew up with, believed and avoided certain things. 1. Modernism - The liberal tendency to deny full inerrancy to God's Word and the fall of many churches into that tendency. 2. Modern Tongues Speaking and Healings - The Charismatic movement was believed to be anti-Scriptural, with all its private language talk and all its miracles of healing (so called). 3. Open Communion - Allowing lost and/or non-church members to the Lord's Supper was taboo. The Lord's Supper was reserved for faithful church members only. 4. Alien Baptism - Sprinkling or pouring was believed to be anti-Scriptural regarding Baptism. Anyone desiring to join a BMA Baptist Church had to be IMMERSED, after showing evidence of true conversion. Non-Baptist baptism was rejected as unscriptural. 5. Pulpit affiliation - Allowing a non-Baptist or a straying Baptist preachers to preach in a BMA Baptist Church pulpit was prohibited. Exchanging pulpits with Methodists, COC, AOG, and even some Baptists, etc. was NOT done. 6. Ecumenism - The unity in diversity emphasis was rejected by BMA Baptists because it seemed to sacrifice truth on the altar of compromise with God's Word. 7. Local Church Only - BMA Baptists stood firm on this emphasis, believing that compromise in this area would result in open communion, pulpit affiliation, alien baptism and open ecumenism endorsing modern tongues and healings and modernism. It was firmly believed and stated that NO universal church existed in Scripture teaching. ------------ 1. Believed in and practiced "church discipline." A. Pastors and Deacons were held accountable by the churches of the BMA. Scriptural qualifications had to be met in order to serve in either office. Divorced and remarried men were prohibited from serving. B. Church members were held accountable for holding to sound doctrine and Christian living. Anyone found holding heretical beliefs, were counseled and then excluded (if repentance was not made). Anyone found living in adultery, fornication, etc was rebuked and then excluded (if not repentant). 2. Believed in and practiced personal evangelism and discipleship. It was every member's place to tell the story of Jesus and to be in some kind of discipleship training such as Sunday School, BTS, or Wednesday auxiliary. 3. Believed in and practiced personal prayer and public altar calls. The tears that flowed in those days when prayer was being offered is hardly seen anymore. And the altars FULL of weeping, repenting, beseeching people was a natural occurence. 4. Believed in and practiced the withdrawing from sister churches who did not continue to follow the agreed upon statements of faith and who did not honor the discipline of churches over their members.