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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by TCGreek, Dec 28, 2008.
So what makes a church Baptist?
Why the sign out in front of the building don't ya know.:1_grouphug:
My personal belief:
1) Baptism by immersion
2) A non-sacramental view of baptism
3) Congregational autonomy
4) Self-identification as a Baptist church
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.
What about those who are SB but don't have it in their church name?
some people actually believe this, and see no difference.
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?
Ok, so you're only kiddin', right?
Hate to say it but I think you're right.,..
It's got to be more then a name, how about believing and teaching orthodox baptist doctrines.
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.
What are orthodox baptist doctrines?
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.
According to the doctrine of the preisthood of believers and Wade Burleson they would be what ever you want them to be.
With extra gravy
And bisquits, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob........I'm getting hungry.
and extra gravy
and again extra gravy
thats why the use of the word orthodox, traditionally accepted and taught baptists doctrines. It makes a difference.
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.