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"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
I Timothy 3:15
Norman H. Wells
From The Church That Jesus Loved, 1973 (Chapter 4)
Since publishing this paper we have received many letters and cards inquiring as to what kind of Baptist we were. I presume folks mean what affiliations we have with Conventions, Associations, Fellowships, etc. It seems some of our Baptist folk make membership in some such organization the supreme test of a Baptist.
First of all we are Bible believing Baptist. We believe the Bible is God's holy inspired, inerrant, infallible Word. We believe it tells us about an Almighty, Omniscient, Omnipresent God who is Creator of all as recorded in Genesis. We believe it tells us about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Divine, Virgin-born sinless, Son of God who died a vicarious death upon the cross, was buried and arose the third day and one day is coming in clouds of glory in a pre-millennial return. We believe it tells us about the third person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.
Second, we are saved Baptists. We believe that by Grace of God when we came to a place of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that God saved us. We believe that we are saved for time and eternity and that we can never be lost. We believe we are saved from a burning hell of fire and brimstone and saved for a literal heaven with streets of gold.
Third, we are baptized Baptists. We were baptized, by immersion in water, to show forth the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We were baptized because we were saved not in order to be saved. We were baptized by the authority of a local, New Testament Baptist church. Our baptism was an outward demonstration of an inward work of grace.
Fourth, we are Church-Member Baptists. We believe we were baptized into the local body, a Baptist church. We believe in the local, visible, church and no other kind. We believe that Jesus Christ established this church and it alone has the authority to administer baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Fifth, we are Church Communion Baptists. We believe that Jesus Christ left the Lord's Supper as a memorial of Himself. We should partake of the bread and wine in remembrance of Him. We believe the church has the authority to administer this meal to its own members over whom it has the power of discipline.
Sixth, we are separate Baptists. We believe that a Christian should live a clean, holy, godly life in this world. We should shun the very appearance of evil.
Seventh, we are evangelistic Baptists. We believe that it is the privilege and duty of every Christian to be a soul-winner. We believe that it is the responsibility of the individual, local church to go into all the world in an effort In make disciples, baptize them and teach them.
Every church should be a missionary Baptist church. If it is not then it is not Baptist.
We could go on and on but I believe this conveys the idea.