Methodists vs. Baptists?

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  1. DeafChristian

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    Just curious.....

    What's the difference between a Methodist and a Baptist?

    Thank you if you have the answer. [​IMG] I am asking because at lunch today at work, some of us were talking about our denominations....2 are Methodists, 2 are Catholics, and I am a Baptist. <smile>

    So, is Methodists and Baptists are about the same except for the "baptizing" part or is it more than just this? [​IMG]

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  2. Phillip

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    I don't know about nationally, but in this area Methodists used to be even stricter than conservative Baptists. But, they have gone so libral, it is not even the same denomination.

    This is no joke. A friend of mine related that he was watching several church members during a discussion get into an argument concerning a Biblical issue at a fairly large Methodist church (not here). They could not find one Bible in the entire church building to settle the argument. The guy who watched the escapade wound up changing his membership to a Baptist church. :rolleyes:
     
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    Here are 4 differences
    1. The Methodist form of government is different from Baptist government. Bishops appoint pastors and they are appointed to a four year term. The 4 year term can be extended by the bishop.

    2. The Methodist allow baptism by immersion or by sprinkling.

    3. Historical Methodist believe in an experience called sanctification.

    4. The Methodist churches usually purge their membership rolls periodically of those that never show up. Baptist typically have twice as many members as attenders.
     
  4. Plain Old Bill

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    Methodist are generally weslyan in their theology.You can lose or give back your salvation.They are holyness.They sprinkle and dunk for baptism. They have women in the ministry i.e. women pastoring churches.The membership tends to lean toward the liberal side of social issues.
     
  5. The Right Way

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    And of course the most important difference is the Baptist are usually Republicans and Methodists are usually Democrats.
     
  6. Joseph_Botwinick

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    Actually, I think the most important difference, according to a friend of mine who has served in both Baptist and Methodist churches is that Baptists actually believe in the Bible while the Methodists don't (at least as far as their clergy go-this is of course a general statement).

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  7. Mike McK

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    I used to think the same way, Joe, having been brought up in a very liberal Methodist church. Then, God brought me into contact with a lot of Methodists through a ministry I was involved with and showed me that that's not true. There are a lot of Methodists (both laypeople and clergy) out there who's zeal for the Lord and who's faithfulness to His word should be an example to all of us.
     
  8. The Right Way

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    I believe that most Baptists would agree that liberal (most) Methodists are not true Christians. I'm sure they think they are following scripture, but they have reinvented the Bible through skewed interpretation so therefore, they follow man's teachings also known as false doctrine. Scripture says their ministers will pay dearly for teaching falsehoods and the flock can not be joined with Christ after death.

    I think that pretty much sums up the Methodist Situation. Anyone disagree?
     
  9. massdak

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    i agree with your statement. i think that it shows that they are not being sanctified and the continued following of liberalism instead of biblical doctrine shows they are not in Christ.
     

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