12 Basic Bible Reasons Why I Am A Baptist
I am a Baptist first because Baptists believe the whole Bible and accept nothing but the Bible as their guide in matters of faith and practice.
(Matthew 28:18-20: Luke 6:46; 2 Timothy 3:15-17)
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe in One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism.
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe that salvation is wholly of God (John 1:12-13),
that we are saved by grace and not of works, (Ephesians 2:8-9),
and that the two conditions of salvation are Repentance and Faith. (Luke 13:3; John 3:15-16)
I am a Baptist because Baptist believe in a regenerated membership.
(John 3:3; Acts 2:41, 47)
I am a Baptist because The Baptist Church has a Spiritual head and founder –
Christ is its only head and He has founded only one church.
(Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18)
I am a Baptist because Christ the head of the Church, the only begotten Son of God,
both accepted and requested baptism at the hand of John the Baptist preacher (Matthew 3:13-15)
who was prepared in heaven (Luke 1:44) for this sublime task, and sent from God. (John 1:6)
I am a Baptist because Baptist promote the rights of the individual;
1st We may seek god for ourselves. (Acts 17:27);
2nd Everyone must repent for himself. (Acts 17:30);
3rd Everyone must confess for himself. (Romans 10:9-10);
4th Everyone must report to God for himself. (Romans 14:11-12)
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe in the democracy of the church
(every member equal).
(Matthew 20:24-28; Matthew 23:5-8)
I am a Baptist because Baptist Ministers (whether called Pastors or Bishops)
are equal in rank and are never to exercise authority over one another (Mark 10:42-44),
never to be called Master or Father (Pope) (Matthew 23:8-12)
I am a Baptist because Baptist accept as church ordinances only those things
ordered by Jesus Christ which symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, namely – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
(Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
That the quotation “Let a man examine himself and so let him eat…” is a statement addressed to a Church and has no reference to non-Christians and non-church members.
(1 Corinthians 11:28)
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe that the salvation of God is eternal.
(John 3:14-18; 10:28-31; Romans 8:1, 33-39; Hebrews 11:13, 32-33)
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe in the Second Coming of Christ. (Acts 1:11)
The immorality of the human soul. (Genesis 2:7; 1 Corinthians 15:53-55)
The resurrection of the body. (1 Corinthians 15:44)
The final judgement of a just God. (Matthew 25:41-46)
And the never-ending punishment of sinners and the eternal bliss of the saints. (Matthew 25:34-46)