Why I am a Baptist -An excerpt

This comes from Dr. Malcolm Yarnell, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from > http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2008/04/baptist-ident-1.html. This is an excerpt:

The first reason that I am a traditional Baptist is because Baptists begin the Christian life in the only way that Jesus Christ gave to His followers–by hearing His Word, believing it, confessing it, and obeying it by receiving baptism.

Second, Baptists do not baptize babies, because doing so alters the command of Christ and the orderly practice of His apostles, Who always placed conversion prior to baptism.

Third, Baptists do not baptize only in the name of Jesus, because doing so ignores the command of Christ, which was clear that baptism should be in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, Baptists do not baptize apart from the local church, because baptism involves local church membership.

Fifth, Baptists do not baptize into an illusory invisible church, because they understand that a church requires a covenant and that can only be done where two or more people (and people have visible bodies) have gathered.

Sixth, Baptists do not sprinkle or pour, because they know that only immersion is faithful to the New Testament witness regarding the cross and the empty tomb of the gospel.

Finally, Baptists do not baptize those who lack the assurance of their eternal salvation, because the doctrine that one may lose one’s salvation indicates a lack of submission to Christ’s own doctrine.
These seven biblical doctrines concerning baptism speak much about Baptist identity.

If we compromise these revealed teachings of Christ, we will begin to lose our Baptist identity because we will have compromised the Lordship of Christ. I am a Baptist because I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. And because I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, I must submit to His will. We may never compromise one aspect of Christ’s will, even in the name of supposed Christian unity.

My take:
It is still important label-Baptist-for all the divisions and negative images that thing evokes. For me-I am a recent Baptist-and I hold it dear and a good distinction from other Reformation groups-and in fact because of that, I am glad to be a baptist christian. I am not aware of the meaning held by other baptist for this culture and time -but I want to use the term ‘baptist’ because it distinguishes me from those groups that persecuted their brothers and was able to use the power of the state to stop us fro testifying to the truth-that salvation is by grace through FAITH ALONE.. True it judged most Christian at the time of Reformation as non-Christian. But it is better to be judge now here on earth and be misunderstood by men-than to be judged later at the Great White Throne and see the monstrous error of state church persecution of fellow believers. That is what a baptist to me means. And I hope fellow baptist now will not be tempted by allure of political power. Our baptist ancestors made sure that we understand that with the testimony of their blood.

But still modern baptist are not the same as the Reformation or first generation English Baptist. Modern baptist does not have thr same deep convictions as their forefathers have. So for lack of better term-I still need the term baptist-but it have to modified like Reformed or New C ovenantal or Sovereign Graca.


7 responses to “Why I am a Baptist -An excerpt

  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  2. Hi, I have a question for you. I would like to know what your thoughts are about my blog entry about false teachers and false preachers.


    I have another four more, if you care to read them also.





    Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

    James 2:1-13

    Thank you for listening,

    • That entry are all scriptures.

      I believe our time haa many false teachers. But there are also many good teachers. Eternal security is not wrong per se. It is the lack of discipline in the church that must be addressed. Pastors and elders must do their calling.

  3. ravrodriguez,

    Thank you for responding to my comment.

    I gave you more that deal with the false Gospel and false Jesus of the “once saved always saved” heresy Movement popularized by the murderer John Calvin.

    The point of the blog entry about false teachers is that they will pay the price for their false teachings during the Great Tribulation Period when the wrath of God is poured out upon them for their evil works they have committed. Since they have not chosen to fear and tremble before the LORD God to love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, they have perverted the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have added and/or taken away from the prophecy of the book of Revelation. They have also added or taken away from God’s Word, causing themselves to be liars, which the lake of fire will contain all who practice lies.

    Thank you for listening,

    • I am still Reformed in my soteriology. But to me the doctrine of election is a source of comfort,encouragement, a challenge to be better and to understand oneself. I don’t use it as a banner to start a war of words.

      And sorry-I am not a premillenialist. I am still amil/postmil-that is I do not subscribe to the dispensationalist scheme of future eschatology. But I owe them-for their insights regarding the law and gospel.

      My question is -where do you go to church every week?

  4. Gareth Yarnell

    I enjoyed reading and the teaching in the baptistry of the oldest church in england and about formation of christian doctrine… What will your next article and book be about….? thank you, as God leads you in his work…., DAD.

    • I am still finishing that book regarding Calvin and Servetus-and will be checking with other sources in google books. I need to know if revenge is really the motive of Calvin in prosecuting Servetus.

      I will be posting my outline regarding my change of view from infant baptism to believers; baptism which I recently used for a family asking why I change my theological affiliations. Thanks for the post.

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