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Three Schools of Baptist Thought

Discussion in 'Baptist History' started by Squire Robertsson, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. Squire Robertsson

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    I got this concept from a lecture given by a lecture by a Russian Evangelical Christian-Baptist historian in Sacramento, California. He was speaking at a celebration of the 150 anniversary of the first Russian to be Scripturally baptized. According to him, there were three main schools of Baptist thought and practice. The Anglo-American, Continental (German), and Slavic (Russian). Each of these schools maintian the Baptist distinctives. However, there are differences in how each "does church".
     
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    Without details it is hard to accept this historian's classifications. I have been to a number of Baptist churches in the United States and have witnessed numerous methods of "doing church".
     
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    True, however in the 29 years I've been ministering to the emigre Evangelical Christian-Baptists I've noted these differences.
    • They use red wine for the commemoration of the Lord's Supper exclusively. I.e., they are not teetotalers on this matter. "What part of 'wine' don't you understand, Brother."
    • They never sit during prayer. They stand or better kneel. "You don't sit in the King's presence."
    • Women (especially married women) always wear a head-covering during services and prayer.
    • They are pacifists.
     
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    They sound very much like the Plymouth Brethren.
     
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    True, one of the EC-B's influences was 19th century English PB merchants in St. Petersburg. Another was the ethnic German Baptists who settled in the Volga river region starting under Catherine the Great. The third was colporteurs bringing Christian literature into the Caucasus region. The first Russian to be Scripturally baptized was immersed by German Baptists.
     
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    I would say part of the difference dealt with here is the majority of modern Anglo-American Baptists. On the fourth -- pacifists -- I don't think this has ever been prevalent among the English Baptists. However, I would contend that the other three have had some historical significance and can still be found. Many of what would be considered "primitivistic" Baptists still use wine in the Lord's Supper (and some insist it be homemade) and kneel for prayer. The temperance movement got the communion wine in most (but not all) missionary-oriented Baptist churches in America. The head coverings were once common -- in the old days women wore bonnets, hats, and other style coverings in church -- but I would think it has been many years since many of the churches insisted on it. I know some that still insist on women wearing long hair, though. I have seen head coverings randomly where I have been, but not commonly. Hats on women are still pretty common in our local Black Baptist churches, though.
     
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    I don't mean to say there hasn't been any cross-pollination between the schools. However, due to the EC- being isolated in the Soviet Union, they developed their own take on things. If you bring up the London Confessions they'll say "London what?"
     
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    I'm with you, Squire, in the differences of church "practice". These are vastly cultural and not "Baptist" in distinctive. When I traveled in the70's in Eastern Europe and the old USSR, I noticed very distinct patterns that seemed odd to me, a Baptist from America. Alcohol was a major one.

    Found that 99% of Euro-Baptists drink alcohol, but in moderation. Beer with a meal is the norm. When I told them I did not drink except at communion (we use wine, not Welchade in our church) they thought that I was inconsistent :)

    I am, of course, but try to hide it from others
     
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