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Baptist for What Reason?

Discussion in 'Polls Forum' started by Bro. Williams, Jul 27, 2007.

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  1. Doctrinal

    44 vote(s)
    89.8%
  2. Family always has been

    7 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. Just where I Go

    2 vote(s)
    4.1%
  4. No real preference

    3 vote(s)
    6.1%
  5. Where my spouse/children go

    2 vote(s)
    4.1%
  6. Convenience

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  7. Closest to the NT church

    23 vote(s)
    46.9%
  8. I don't go to a Baptist Church

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  9. I would go if there was one close/right

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Other

    6 vote(s)
    12.2%
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  1. Bro. Williams

    Bro. Williams New Member

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    There have been several recent "splits" within some well know Baptist churches in our area.

    One of the most amazing things to me is that when these splits occur, the congregants (and sometimes the pastors) fan out into all different denominations and churches throughout the county and surrounding counties.

    I stand hard on Baptism, and certain other doctrines that are typically only found in Baptist churches (at least in these here parts).

    My question is, why are you a Baptist? For what Reason?

    Are some here like those in the broken Baptist churches here who have become church of Christ members, methodists, pentecostals, etc?

    You may click multiple answers. Thanks.
     
  2. tinytim

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    Doctrine, and Closest to the NT church...

    If I didn't believe this... I would find the denomination I thought was...
     
  3. Martin

    Martin Active Member

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    My choice was doctrinal. I believed, and still do in large part, that the Baptist Church is the most Biblical of all the denominations. I grew up Methodist and Pentecostal Holiness so me becoming a Baptist was a change. There are very few Baptists in my family even today. Everyone is Methodist or Pentecostal still. I think I have a distant cousin who is Baptist.
     
  4. StefanM

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    I was raised SBC, and I am still SBC.

    For a time, I seriously questioned pretty much all the doctrine of Baptists (I was quite the liberal for a short bit), but I eventually became convinced that Baptists were the closest to the NT church.
     
  5. KenH

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    The SBC started off being Calvinistic. After I became a Calvinist I switched from the Church of Christ which has no Calvinism in its history.
     
  6. StefanM

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    I'm not trying to be offensive (just curious). Did you consider a Presbyterian church also?
     
  7. SaggyWoman

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    Doctrine and Missions outreach.
     
  8. Priscilla Ann

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    After I left the Catholic Church, I knew that I wanted to find a church that looked to God's Word as the ultimate authority. Fortunately, the first church we visited after leaving the Catholic church was a wonderful, bible-based Baptist church. We have been worshipping and serving there for the last 10 years.
     
  9. Joseph M. Smith

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    My family, on my mother's side, has been Baptist for a very long time. I cherish the quote that appears in a biographical article about my great-grandmother, "Mrs. Moorman, being from western Kentucky, is OF COURSE a Baptist and a Democrat" (emphasis mine). But I did examine beliefs early on and became/remained Baptist by conviction. Having a Lutheran father forced me to do that, and yet I feel enriched from that tradition as well.

    I too have observed people leaving Baptist churches and going to something quite different. The church I served as pastor had a division before I got there, and many of the people who left went to Presbyterian churches. Later, one of the men in our church who studied for the ministry ended up seeking and receiving Presbyterian ordination instead of Baptist, and when I asked him about the issue of paedobaptism, he shrugged it off and said, "They have an explanation for it." Hmm.

    More recently, after my retirement, a few others have left the church I served, and have gone to non-denominational (but approximately Pentecostal) fellowships. In fact, a couple of pastor friends, who served Baptist churches for many years, have after their own retirements gone to non-denominational megachurches. Personally, I don't understand it, and could not see myself doing that at all. I guess the old slogan fits me, "Baptist born and Baptist bred, and when I'm gone I'll be a Baptist dead" :laugh:
     
  10. Dan Todd

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    I grew up in a Baptist Church.
    I went to a Baptist College.

    Then I was saved -
    Now I'm a Baptist by conviction!
     
  11. KenH

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    Yes, but there is the mode/time of baptism issue.
     
  12. OcalaGator

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    Having grown up Seventh Advenrtist, I knew I no longer could belong to a religion based on the teachings of a false prophet. I determined that I would search for a church which closest followed the Bible only and the pattern of the Apostolic church. After many readings through the bible in several translations, I discovered I was a true Reform Baptist. This was before I knew what a Baptist was. When i discovered the distictives of Baptist belief, I knew I had found my home. I am now proud to be known as A Southern Baptist, a loyal member of my church, and a humble Sunday School teacher.

    God has been so good in leading me out of darkness and fear, into the marvelous light of the true Gospel of Jesus.
     
  13. Carolina Baptist

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    I had been a member of a different denomination until I was 17. Some one showed me in God's Word that my infant baptism and church attendance was not enough. Once I was saved, I knew that I couldn't stay in that tradition. I began searching Scripture and visiting churches. I found the baptist doctrine to be the closest to what I find in the Bible.
     
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    I voted other, it was the only Church with AC and a heated baptismal :laugh: :laugh:
     
  15. Tentmaker

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    Same here.
     
  16. Rippon

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    I also echo what TinyTim and Tentmaker said . However , there is much more to the Word of God than the right view of the topic of baptism . Besides , with such a myriad of baptistic churches they are all over the spectrum in their doctrine . I appreciate a Calvinistic-Baptist stance and all that entails . Just being a Baptist because we are right about the subject and mode is not enough .

    I find too many Baptist churches which only have the office of deacons -- they do not implement the office of eldership unless they view their Pastor alone as an elder . but that is wrong-headed .

    Too many Baptist churches have a watered-down understanding of biblical truths . Many "died-in-the-wool Baptists" should avail themselves of a sound Presbyterian or Reformed Church if a solid Baptist Church cannot be found in the area . Being in one of these assemblies one would be better served spiritually .

    It has been mentioned repeatedly , but many Baptists are uninformed about their Calvinistic roots . That is to their detriment . If they are not ignorant about historical facts , they wish the correct history would just go away -- because they know the Bible better than their forebears .
     
  17. Cody2

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    I chose Doctrinal. The Baptist church, in my opinion, is the best Bible believing denomination. I was blessed to grow up in Tennessee, where Baptist churches are the majority.
     
  18. Rippon

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    Baptists come in all doctrinal flavors C2 . Baptists are not monolithic .
     
  19. StefanM

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    While I do not deny the heavy influence of the Particular Baptists, the General Baptists also had some moderating influence on the Calvinism in Baptist circles.
     
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    bump................................................
     
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