What Makes a Church Baptist?

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by TCGreek, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. TCGreek

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    So what makes a church Baptist?
     
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    Why the sign out in front of the building don't ya know.:1_grouphug:
     
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    My personal belief:

    1) Baptism by immersion

    2) A non-sacramental view of baptism

    3) Congregational autonomy

    4) Self-identification as a Baptist church

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    Baptists are a diverse set. To be biblical and baptist, one must adhere to many more doctrines, but these are a minimum standard. Note that I included self-identification. I believe this is what separates baptistic churches from baptist churches.
     
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    What about those who are SB but don't have it in their church name?
     
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    some people actually believe this, and see no difference.
     
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    Heathans all![​IMG]
     
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    Yes, it must be the self-identification as a Baptist church, but is it in name or being affiliated with, let's say, the SBC?
     
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    Ok, so you're only kiddin', right?
     
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    Hate to say it but I think you're right.,..
     
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    It's got to be more then a name, how about believing and teaching orthodox baptist doctrines.
     
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    In years past it was a certain doctrinal belief which was different from the Pentecostals. However, I know of a baptist Church's that speak in tongues, have people called prophets and apostles etc...

    Sounds like we couldn't beat um so we joined them.
     
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    What are orthodox baptist doctrines?
     
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    how about baptism by immersion only, baptism is not a part of salvation, salvation by faith alone in Jesus, etc. I'm sure you can add the rest.
     
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    According to the doctrine of the preisthood of believers and Wade Burleson they would be what ever you want them to be.
     
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    Fried chicken?
     
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    With extra gravy :)
     
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    And bisquits, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob........I'm getting hungry.
     
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    and extra gravy
    extra gravy
    extra gravy
    and again extra gravy
     
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    thats why the use of the word orthodox, traditionally accepted and taught baptists doctrines. It makes a difference.
     
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    The problem is that there is very little agreement among baptists beyond basic doctrines. Sola fide is a hallmark of baptist churches, but it is also a hallmark (or at least used to be) of Presbyterians, Lutherans, etc. What about General vs. Particular? Charismatic vs. non-charismatic? Dispensational vs. Covenant?

    That's why on my list I mentioned baptism related doctrines. Most Protestant churches reject baptist doctrine in this area.
     

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