Is the Baptist church a restoration movement church?

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  1. tc80

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    I have been looking into the restoration movement a bit lately in preparation for a class I am going to take, and I was just wondering if the Baptist church is a restoration movement church?

    They seem to share alot of the same beliefs, but the Baptist church is a denomination and I think restoration movement churches are against denominations. Though I can't really find the differences between them.
     
  2. Johnv

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    It can be. It need not be as a requisite. That's for each autonomous congregation to decide.
     
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    TC, the restoration movement, as I suppose you are using the term, is a movement descending from the ministerial labors of Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone, Walter Scott and others. Baptist churches predate the restoration movement, which started roughly about the beginning of the 19th century. Alexander Campbell was raised a Presbyterian, later was baptized by immersion in 1812 by a Baptist preacher, and for a time was connected with a Baptist church. His separation from Baptists occurred (or was pretty much complete) around 1830.

    Here a couple of links that provide historical information on the restoration movement:

    Restoration Movement Pages

    Restoration History
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for the info, I really wasnt sure about this.
     
  5. Gold Dragon

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    The restoration movement had many influences on Baptists, including the introductino or solidification of Baptist Successionist theology or Landmarkism. Additionally, many restorationists were from more traditional denominations in existence in the 1800s including presbyterians, methodists and baptists.
     
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    Gold Dragon's post reminded me of the article in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia. Looks like it is probably a fairly accurate article.

    Restoration Movement
     
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    Yeah, but as I read it I feel the line between the beliefs of a restoration movement church and a baptist church become a little blurred.
     
  8. John of Japan

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    I really think that very few of us Baptists would consider ourselves to be in a denomination. A denomination has a headquarters which controls the churches, usually even appointing pastors. One of the Baptist distinctives is that each church is autonomous. Even in the SBC, which many IFBs consider to be at least denominational (any SBCs want to comment?), each church can pull out of the convention at any time--if the pastor doesn't mind losing his retirement. ;)
     
  9. Plain Old Bill

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    Reading on the RESTORATION PAGE in thier lessons they claim baptism is essential to salvation.That does'nt sound very baptist to me.
     

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