Moral Contradictions

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Beliefs of original Baptists

  • Freedom of the local congregation to mind its own affairs
  • Freedom of individuals to interpret Scripture
  • Importance of believer's baptism and the freedom of the individual to choose that baptism
  • Freedom of and the need for the churches of Jesus Christ to live from voluntary support of their members
  • Freedom from coerced uniformity in worship practices
  • Freedom of the churches to acknowledge Christ as the sole "King" of the church, rather than being bound by creed or clergy or civil government.

    The above beliefs are from the original Baptists. Folks died for these beliefs, with the first being Thomas Helwys. They (should) define those who call themselves Baptist today.

    Some observations: The word "freedom" is frequently used to describe their origination. As Baptists were born from the Separatists family in response to the state-controlled and uniform Anglican church, we as Baptists must question the installation of uniformity within our denominations. We must truly respect individuals' right to intrepret Scripture and respect local churches to handle their own affairs. Additionally, we must not elevate the office of pastor so high that these original beliefs are endangered.

    I'll expound more upon these points at a later time. I just got excited when I found the exact reasons I call myself a traditional Baptist instead of the Southern Baptist label I embraced up until recently.

    • Thanks, Nathan, for the reminder. These beliefs have been all but lost in our modern Baptist denominations. I'm blessed to belong to a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation that still abides by these original tenets.



      By Blogger Dr. Mike Kear, at Tuesday, July 12, 2005 3:44:00 PM  

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