The Word Baptist

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  1. Bugman

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    I understand the word AnaBaptist was first used as a deragtory term towards people who beleived in Baptizing adults. Now was the label Baptist first used as a deragtory label or was it taken on by the first Baptists on their own will?

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    The stories about how Baptists got their name are legion.

    Secular historians say that Baptists were a part of English Puritanism and got their name because they insisted on "baptizing" converts, so, it would appear that they recognize that Baptists received their name despite themselves. The English Baptsts grew out of Congregationalism and separated on the insistence of immersion for converts, whereas the Congregationalists accepted any form of baptism, even though they immersed for the most part originally.

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    Bugman,

    John T. Christian's "History of the Baptists" volume one, pages 205 and 206 record what is, as far as I know, the earliest known use of the word "Baptist" in English. RIGHT HERE is a link to the chapter in which this citation is given.

    Of course, the fact that this term is used in an English document in 1569 indicates the term was being used that way in the English language prior to that date. Up until the early 1800s the terms "Anabaptist" and "Baptist" were used interchangably.

    Though called Anabaptists by their enemies, the Baptists always disowned the term Anabaptist because it was a smear intended to charge them with re-baptizing when, in fact, they never professed to re-baptize anyone, but rather to give true baptism to those who had previously experienced a pseudo-baptism.

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    A preacher on the radio in my area last week said Baptist started with John and give Matt.3:1, 11:11, 11:12, 14:2, and some more for his text.
    Have any of you ever heard this before.

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    Yes, I've heard it, but I don't believe it.

    Mark has posted Christian's chapter which asserts that the term "Baptist" was used in the 16th century. Perhaps.

    But in this chapter Christian uses the term Baptist and Anabaptist interchangeably without specifying which word was used in each reference.

    I have never understood the Landmarkers' insistence on a relationship with the Anabaptists, whose modern adherants acknowledge that the movement arose from the Protestant Reformation.
     
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    Here is what is written on the 1644 London Confession of Faith.

    A Confession of Faith of Seven Congregations of Churches of Christ in London, Which Are Commonly (But Unjustly) Called Anabaptists It is a calvinistic confession that teaches believer's baptism by immersion. It was associated with the group that included Keach, Kiffin, Knollys, and Cox.
     
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    It is also true that some Baptists/Anabaptists continued to use the term "church of Christ" up until the rise of Campbellism. When Campbellism adopted the name "Church of Christ" it fell into disuse among the Baptists, lest they be indentified with the Campbellite heresy. But there are still a few "Baptist churches of Christ" scattered around in the Appalachian region.

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    A lot of churches in this area, if you check their original documents, were called "Baptist Chruch of Christ" originally.
     

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