While talking with several Baptist preachers and hearing some of them preach I have been confronted with a very confusing teaching that I don't find any support for in the Bible. So I would like to ask some of you to help me out and tell me where this teaching originates from and who first taught it. Their teaching about the "church" confuses me because a true church has to have a lineage all the way back to Christ or John the Baptist. They call John the Baptist the first "Baptist", as if he started the denomination. So these preachers kind of elevate John over Jesus. They teach the plan of salvation and church membership from Matthew 3 (John at the river). With lineage they mean that the church that Jesus started "extended an arm" and "duely organized" another one. Out of this church came another one and so on. So a church today has to come up with a lineage of local churches that goes back to Christ. If you have no lineage you are not a true church according to these preachers. I don't know about this teaching. The only people in the Bible who trusted in their lineage were the Pharisees and Jesus rebuked that. So why would preachers in the NT church disseminate a teaching like that? They also teach some strange things about "church authority". Only the church that can trace itself back to Christ has the "authority to baptize". Other than that you are like a "bullfrog jumping in the water" - one of the preachers said. Where does the Bible say something about authority. In Acts 8 Philip went ahead and baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch without going back to Jerusalem and "presenting himself to the church" and "having a vote" and "invest the preacher with authority". I asked one of the preachers about Acts 8 and he said he thinks Philip was kind of pre-authorized to baptize before he ever went into the desert. That's an assumption, but not a Bible fact. Can't we just trust the word of God and believe the Bible rather than putting forth a weird teaching like that. These preachers say that other Baptist churches are not a church at all because they don't have this lineage. This idea of lineage back to Christ seems to be a copycat of the Catholic idea of apostolic succession. Obviously, some Baptist got jealous over the Catholic teaching and turned it into "Baptist church succession". The only scripture evidence they give is Mt. 16:18. But it is a long way from Mt. 16:18 to the idea that you have to baptized by someone who has been baptized, by someone who has been baptized by John the Baptist. As if the title Baptist refers to the denominational name of today. Well, the Nazarene, the church of god, the church of christ, the church of the first born could play the same game. I wish we would quit playing games with the Bible and rather get serious. Where does the above teaching find its origin?