which kind of Baptist are you?

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  1. nodak

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    I've been privy to hear a neat question. Before I pass it on, let me stress the point isn't that one kind of Baptist is better than the other--all 3 have their strong points and weaknesses. Also, I know there could be lots of other "kinds" of Baptist.

    Here is what we were asked:

    Are you a "soft raiment" Baptist? That is, do you prefer an "ivory tower" setting with soft carpet, softly played organ music with more than a sprinkling of classical music blended in? Do you like to wear expensive clothing of the non sturdy and highly uncomfortable variety? Do you believe only a relatively few highly educated people really understand the scripture? Do you love to chew on the deep meaning specific words? (Strengths--usually well educated and deep thinkers. Weakness--may tend toward a form of gnosticism. May miss the big picture matters while quibbling over obscure doctrines.)

    Or are you a polyester Baptist? That is, would you prefer the above but cannot afford it, so go for a fake version of it? Do you ever think of modern translations (other than nasb or esv) as dumbed down? Do you prefer piano music softly playing the old hymns? Do you show up for church in polyester wash and wear versions of the more expensive "soft raiment"? Do you ever secretly judge others for how they dress for church (modesty excepted)? (Strengths--middle of the roaders who keep us from either deep end. Usually stable, long term workers. Weakness--can be hide bound defenders of traditions that should be tossed out.)

    Or are you a blue jean Baptist? Ok, you may not actually wear blue jeans but generally dress in comfortable clothing....even for church. You probably trust the masses of working folks more than the "egghead elites." You believe the scripture should be in the hands of the people, and that leans you in favor of easy to understand translations. You like whatever music the working folks in your area like: bluegrass, country, rock, pop, whatever. If Baptists had a mantra yours would probably be "keep it real." (Strengths--extremely evangelistic, extremely good at experiencing God, not given to hypocrisy. Weakness--can be very judgemental of anyone they perceive as "putting on airs." Can be prone to follow fads.)

    I used to be impressed by the soft raiment folks, and more polyester myself. But as I age I find myself more blue jean (or khaki's and polos so to speak). It isn't that I don't value high education--I certainly do. I am just getting where I want to see it blended with living in the real world of the average worker.

    So what kind of Baptist are you?
     
  2. just-want-peace

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    Of the three choices, I would fit the "blue jean Baptist" far more than any of the others.


    That being said however, I also can state that I have probably fit the other two at times in my life, and as I age, and hopefully attain more Godly wisdom in this balding, gray head, I tend to shun any form of exclusion and/or pretense in favor of reality.

    And the reality is, that what this old world offers, diminishes daily in favor of what He offers.

    MARANATHA!!!!
     
  3. Amy.G

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    Blue jean baptist.

    I have no choice. My pastor wears jeans when preaching. :eek: :laugh:
     
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    None are a perfect fit, but I am closest to being a "blue jean' Baptist.

    None of the choices were very flattering, by the way. All were stereotypes.
     
  5. nodak

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    Agreed re stereotypes. Our pastor likes to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable". Think he was up to the latter yesterday.
     
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    I preached in a blue jeans last evening, so Amy you'll be fine at my gathering. :thumbs:
     
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    I agree. What does it matter what kind you are? All three types are saving souls and all three, hopefully, are preaching the Word of God. Besides, there are more than just three. I've been to churches where most people are standing, swaying and waving "Praise God!", and I've been to churches where just the opposite is true. Every church I've been to is unique, and all have thier stengths and weaknesses. I have chosen to stay where I am, give it a little more time. Maybe it's just my injury that's getting me so frustrated.

    love,

    Sopranette
     
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    Soft raiment under garments under my blue jeans and polyester shirt Baptist :thumbs:
     
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    Blue jeans all the way :thumbs:
     
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    Jesus chose 12 working class blue collar men to be His Disciples. He trusted hard working ordinary men and that is the kind of Baptist I am. How many priests, scribes and princes are called prophets in the OT? Most of the minor prophets were "blue collar" some were even told to leave the plow. God has used many learned men, Ezra was a scribe (I think). David and Solomon were kings of course. Daniel was a prince that was in exile and in service to a foreign king. All that were called were not lazy men except for maybe Jonah. :laugh: Give me a man that has raised his family and worked hard for his daily bread and a congregation to match. :thumbs: As long as they know what good hard work means and knowing that God can use them, works for me. Blue jeans Baptist all the way baby.
     
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    Sorry webdog, I saw your reply and had to add it to mine. Your quarter is in the mail. :saint:

    Mel
     
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    When in Bible college I could not afford a suit. At one point in my freshman year I was confronted by my pastor and a deacon relating to my "Spiritual Problems." When I got to the meeting they informed me my cowboy boots (only shoe wear I owned) and button up sweater (only outer wear I owned) were not appropriate dress for church - that I needed to wear at least a sportscoat.

    Recently I went to church in my usual suit, (like I should have been wearing 20 years before ;-) the deacon in his frumpy (not so clean) leather coat with fringe slumped up and said "My you look good today, you make me look like a slop."

    Now why in the world would I say anything further :thumbs:

    Times do change :laugh:
     
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    Soft Rainment appreciating Blue Jean type!

    I can be comfortable in all settings...
     
  14. TCGreek

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    Good for you, Tim. :thumbs:
     
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    I would be of the Blue jean Southern Baptist variety. LOL
    I will wear dress clothes on Easter and Christmas.
     
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    Seems we are identical. I do wear Khakas sometimes because most of my bluejeans are work jeans. We are a very casual Church. Of course, some dress in suits every unday and that is fine too. We have options and no one is looked upon different by how they dress, either way.

    Yea, that's me all the way. Except for the putting on airs thing. I don't care what people wear, that's up to them and God. Hate country and bluegrass. I never follow fads. The rest I'm dead on with.
     
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    This answer says it for me, too.
     
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    "I would be of the Blue jean Southern Baptist variety. LOL
    I will wear dress clothes on Easter and Christmas."

    Might I ask why Easter and Christmas make a difference? :laugh:
     
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    You get a bigger Easter basket and more Christmas presents if you dress up on those days. :laugh:
     
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    I would say more laid back than anything. I was brought up in rags and cheap clothing. I have a hard time dressing nice, I feel out of place and like I bring to much attention to myself.

    Bluejeans
     

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