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Difference Between Free-Will Baptists and SBC?

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Bro. Jeff, Jun 17, 2003.

  1. Bro. Jeff

    Bro. Jeff New Member

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    Answer a question for me please. What is the major differences between a Free-Will Baptist and Southern Baptist?

    I know sometimes denominational distinctions are hard to pin down but I'm hoping someone can give me some general info.

    Thanks.
     
  2. WonderingOne

    WonderingOne New Member

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    Bro Jeff, I belonged to a Free Will Baptist Church for the first twenty-odd years of my life, and I can tell you what beliefs were held in that particular church. They preached that salvation is a result of repentence and belief in Jesus, but this was an act of free will. They did not preach predestination or eternal security...they believed it was possible to lose one's salvation, that if one died in a "backslidden condition," even though they had been saved at one time, they would go to hell. This was the biggest difference between Free Will and most other Baptists, along with the fact that they held foot-washing services every three months or so.

    I hope this info has helped.

    Carol
     
  3. dianetavegia

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    So the only difference is 'Once Saved Always Saved'? I always wondered too.
    Thanks Carol!

    Diane
     
  4. go2church

    go2church Active Member

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    Once saved always saved is an extereme simplification of the differences. There is also the issue of foot-washing as an ordinance of the local church in most Free-will congregations. While in SBC churches you will find a calvinist here and there, in free-will churches you won't find any
     
  5. WonderingOne

    WonderingOne New Member

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    go2church, I would have to disagree with your assertion that the differenences I cited above (eternal security, the ordinance of foot washing) are an oversimplification of the differences between Free Will and most other Baptists. As I said, I belonged to a FWB church until I was in my early twenties, and I now belong to a Missionary Baptist. There may be some minor differences as to order of worship, music, etc., but these are the two biggest.
     
  6. go2church

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    It involves so much more then not believing in eternal security. The real issue revolves around the free-will of humanity and if someone loses this free-will once they become saved. A bit more involved then you are letting on my friend
     
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