ADD-13 - Baptist Denomination (Part 1)
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ANSWERING DENOMINATIONAL DOCTRINES
Jesus said, “I will build my church,” Matthew 16:18.
Welcome to our study of answering denominational doctrine. The
Bible tells us that we are to contend earnestly for the faith, Jude verse
three. The Scripture tells us that we are not to divide in the name of Christ-
then that denominationalism is against the will of God, 1 Corinthians
1:10-13. As a child of God we must expose the unfruitful works of darkness
and not have fellowship with them, Ephesians 5:11.
Today were going to be considering the Baptist denomination. As we
study this together and look at the word of God, we ask you simply to get
your Bible and see if the things we are saying are true to the word of God.
Our responsibility is to search the Scriptures daily, Acts 17:11. We’re
asking the great question, “Is there any word from the Lord?’ Jeremiah
37:17. As we search the Scripture today and attempt to prove all things and
hold fast that which is good 1 Thessalonians 5:21, we encourage you to
look to the word of God. Decide for yourself if what's being said is true. Can
a person be a part of a certain religious group and do things that are not
right- and still be right with God?
We begin by examining the history of the Baptist religion. When did
the Baptist religion start? Most people place it between 1607 and 1609.
What is important about that? In the fundamental teaching of God on the
church, we know exactly when the church started. Did the church of the
Lord Jesus Christ begin in 1607 or 1609? No, not at all! The Scriptures
teach us when the Lord's church was prophesied to begin and when that
church the Lord's church actually started.
Notice what the Scripture says. The prophet Daniel says in Daniel
2:44 about God's kingdom, God's church, “And in the days of these kings
the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed
and the kingdom shall not be left other people; it shall break in pieces and
consume all kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” Now here God's
prophesying during the time of Israel about a new kingdom. Remember
Jesus said, “I'll build my church.” Hey said to Peter in verse 19 “I give you
the keys of the kingdom.” The kingdom is the church. When we hear that
word kingdom, we’re talking about God's church. It is God's kingdom today.
It's the domain of Christ the King, Mark 9:1.
Daniel prophesies of that new kingdom coming. Daniel says ‘in the
times of these kings, four Kings are mentioned, four kingdoms, there in the
time of one of these four kingdoms God's going to set up a new kingdom
which shall never be destroyed.’ From history we know that following this
time you have the Babylonian kingdom. Did any new kingdom of God's
people get established during the time of Babylon or Nebuchadnezzar? We
know during that time Israel was still God's kingdom, although they were
taken in captivity- they were still God's kingdom. What about during the
time of the Medo Persians? Cyrus arises in Isaiah 45:1 and he now allows
God's people to go back home and to rebuild. We have Ezra, Esther,
Nehemiah, and the events of restoration going on there during the Medo
Persians there was no new kingdom. What about during the Greek? We
have a lot of information during the Greek. Alexander the great and people
like unto that. No new kingdom established during the Greek time. Then we
come to that fourth and final kingdom the Roman kingdom. It is in this
kingdom at this time that God establishes his eternal kingdom. Remember
Acts chapter 2:47? The Bible says of praising God and having favor with all
the people, “and for the very first time the Lord added to the church, to the
kingdom, daily those are being saved.”
What time frame was Acts chapter 2 happening? It's right in the midst
of the Roman error. When did the Lord's church begin? Friend listen
carefully. According to prophecy and according to the New Testament, the
Lord's church did not start is 1607 or 1609 that's 1600+ years too late. The
Lord's church, by prophecy and by the teaching of God in Acts 2, started on
Pentecost in the first century. Now that's very important as an identifying
trait. If I can know when the Lord's church started, A.D. 30, Pentecost, first
century- then by the process of elimination, I can exclude denominations
that started at the wrong time.
Secondly as we study the history of the Baptist denomination we next
ask, where? Where did the Baptist movement start at? Historians as well
as Baptist historians will put this movement beginning around London,
England. Did the Bible specify where the Lord's church was going to start?
And again, and prophecy and in fulfillment God does tell us.
Notice Isaiah 2:2-4. Isaiah prophesied, “Now it shall come to pass in
the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established
on top the mountains, shall be exalted above the Hills, and all nations shall
flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘let us go to the mount of the
Lord, the house the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, and we
should walk in his paths.’” Notice this, “for out of Zion shall go forth the law
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem, He, God shall judge between the
nations, rebuke many people. They shall beat their swords into plowshares.
Their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against
nation; neither shall they learn war anymore.” In the time of God
establishing that that new house, that new kingdom, that new place of
worship the Bible says ‘it will go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord
shall come out of Jerusalem.’ Well did that happen? It sure did. You open
to Acts chapter 2 and here is Peter. They have received the Holy Spirit just
as Jesus promised. In Luke 24:44 Jesus said ‘you stay in Jerusalem, wait
until you received the spirit from on high.’ They’re in Jerusalem. They
received that miraculous ability to speak in unlearned languages. Notice
what the Scripture says Acts 2:5 and in Acts 2:47. In Acts 2:5 the Bible
says, “And they were dwelling in Jerusalem, Jews devout men from every
nation under heaven.” Here they are there waiting in Jerusalem for the Holy
Spirit. As spirit comes upon them Peter begins to preach the gospel that he
opens up his mouth, and they hear them and all the various languages.
Peter tells them they need to ‘repent and be baptized,’ verse 38. Those
who gladly received his word, verse 42 were baptized. And notice again
acts 2:47 the Bible says, “Praising God and having favor with all the people
and the Lord added to the church daily those are being saved.” Just as it
was prophesied, so it came true in fulfillment. The Lord's church promise it
would started in Jerusalem.
Now here's another identifying characteristic, the Baptist Church
started thousand years later and thousands of miles from where the Lord's
church started. If it didn't start in Jerusalem on Pentecost in A.D. 30 how
can it be the church you read about in the Bible? You can’t have a wrong
time and the wrong place and the right church. It is just not the way God set
it up. This denomination started thousands of years later. It was started
thousands of miles from where the Lord's church did. It is not the church
you read about in the Bible. It's not what God wants us to do to be right
with Him and get to heaven.
How did this movement start? How did the Baptist Church come
about? Well history records for us that this movement began during the
Reformation of the 16th century. Baptist were originally called Anabaptist
and were closely associated and even partly indoctrinated by Menno
Simmons the founder of the Mennonite religion. Anabaptist or Baptist were
considered unique in this Reformation movement because they believed
those who had been sprinkled as children need to be re-baptized as adults.
You have people who are sprinkling and one group says sprinkling is not
right. You got to be baptized, and so they’re known as re-baptizers or
Anabaptist. Today we called them Baptist.
The Lord’s Church did not grow out of the Reformation or the
restoration or any other movement. The Lord's church began in the mind of
God all way back to eternity. Genesis 3:15 God said, “The seed of woman
would crush the head of Satan.” From that time forward the Lord has been
working and weaving His plan into human history to bring His son and His
church into the world. Ephesians 3:10-11 says the church is the eternal
plan of God. The Lord's church started because God from eternity planned
it that way. Mark 9:1 Jesus said, “Assuredly I say to you there are some
standing here today who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of
God present with power.” Jesus knew what was coming. He knew what the
We need to understand it's the plan of God. It’s not the reaction or
overreaction of men to certain things happening.
Now here's an interesting side note. The Baptist name comes from a
desire to re-baptize and yet Baptist don't even believe baptism is essential
to salvation. Why even re-baptize if you don't even think it's essential to
salvation? There's a glaring contradiction. Baptist are named after an act
that they don't believe is essential to salvation. Jesus clearly said, “He that
believes and is baptized will be saved.” What a contradiction of terms that
There's no reference in the Bible to the church ever being called the
Baptist Church. Sometimes people will say the Baptist churches named
after John the Baptist. John never said that, the Bible never says that, and
really according to history that's not true. Baptist were labeled Baptist
because they once insisted on the real baptism of adults who'd been
sprinkled. And thus, it's only a myth that it came from John the Baptist.
Here's what's really important. What about the name Baptist? Is it
okay to be called Baptist or the Baptist Church? Well again if we’re going to
do what the Bible said, if we’re going to speak with the Bible, speak as the
oracles of God, 1 Peter 4:11 then we have to ask- does God in His word,
His Oracle ever call the church the Baptist Church? He does not. You can
search from Genesis 1:1 all the way through Revelation 22:21 and not one
time will God ever called the church the Baptist Church.
How could someone be a part of a group that you don't even find in
the Bible? The Bible calls it the church of God, 1 Corinthians 1:2. The Bible
calls it the church of the Lord, Acts 20:28. Scripture calls it the church of
Christ, Matthew 16:18, and four plural congregations the churches of
Christ, Romans 16:16.
Next we ask as we think about the fundamentals of this denomination
and the unique identifying characteristics of the Bible, who founded who
started the Baptist religion? History records that it was started by a man by
the name of John Smith. He was a British separatist. He separated from
the Church of England trying to get back and go back toward the Bible. He
became infatuated with the teaching of Menno Simmons a Mennonite.
What's wrong with John Smith starting the Baptist Church? Friend he has
no right, no authority, or no power to start any church. No man alive has
that power. Only God has the power and His son was given that power to
start His church.
Think about these words again with me. Look at what Jesus said in
Matthew 16:18. Jesus said, “And I say to you,” speaking to Peter, “and I
say to you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and
the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Now whose church did
Jesus say He would build? Did he say he would build the Baptist Church
for John Smith? Did he say he would build the Lutheran Church for Martin
Luther? Did he say he would build the Presbyterian Church for John Calvin
or the Methodist Church for John Wesley? What did Jesus say? He said, “I
will build my church.” Jesus only built one, and He said it was going to be
His. Here in Acts 20:28 the Scripture says, “Therefore take heed to
yourselves and all the flock among which the Holy Spirit has made you
overseers to Shepherd the church of God which He,” which Christ,
“purchased with His own blood.” Jesus paid the price. It was His blood. No
man anywhere has the right to start a church and say this is God's church.
Jesus owns it, and it must wear His name.
Who is the head of the Baptist religion? It is claimed that Christ is
the head, but the Southern Baptist convention or whatever convention it
may be American Baptist counsel, whatever it may be- they make the
statements of faith and doctrine for what this group is going to believe.
They are saying Jesus is the head, and yet under that they have people
deciding what the head actually believes. Friend that sounds a lot like what
Jesus condemned in Matthew chapter 15. Listen to these words. Jesus
said, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you saying these people
draw near to me with her mouth and honor me with their lips, but their heart
is far from me. And in vain do they worship me teaching as doctrine the
commandments of man.” They were teaching doctrines of men. They were
coming together, the Pharisees, whoever may be in the deciding.
Ephesians 1:22-23 says Jesus is the head of the church. He's the one who
makes the decisions. He's already decided right here in his word. “God who
at various times, various ways spoke in times past the fathers by the
prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His son,” Hebrews 1:1-2.
The Scripture records in Psalm 119:89 “God's word is forever settled in
heaven.” Heavens already decided. There's no need to take a vote. There's
no need for a group of religious people to get together to decide. Heaven
has already decided. That's recorded in the word of God.
Any organization that lets men decide or has manuals that tell you
what to believe besides the Bible, friend you need to run from that as fast
as you can. That's not the church you read about in the Bible.
What's the authority of the Baptist Church? Again Scripture is claimed
to be their guide in all matters; however, tradition and creeds are very
important. In 1607 or 1609 what did those who founded this movement
believe? Again the Southern Baptist convention, a manual, the idea of a
pastor system. I remember speaking to a lady one time about God's plan of
salvation, and we talked about God's plan and what the Bible said we need
to do. I remember in that conversation she said she said would have to ask
her pastor. Friend in the New Testament, our authority is not of man. It's
not a manual made by men, and it surely isn't a one-man pastor system
which is foreign to the New Testament. We need to let the word of God
have absolute authority on all matters. We did ask, ‘what does the Bible
say?’ “Is there any word from the Lord on this subject?” What does God
and His word want us to do? What does He want us to believe and teach to
be the New Testament church?
Christ promised to build and start His church in the time of the four
kingdoms mentioned in Daniel 2. Of those four kingdoms, no new kingdom
is started until you get to that Roman era. Jesus promised, Mark 9:1, that
during that time His kingdom would be established. Not only did He
promise it, He said He would build it in Matthew 16:18. Not only did He
promise and say He would build it, Acts chapter 2, the church of the New
Testament was started by Jesus in AD 30 on Pentecost. Jesus also
through Scripture told where it would begin. Isaiah chapter 2 promised the
Lord should go forth from Jerusalem. God's new Temple where all nations
could flow to it. God's new house where all nations, not just Israel. All
nations could flow to it would begin in Jerusalem. Jesus told his disciples
Luke chapter 24, ‘You stay in Jerusalem. You wait for the Holy Spirit.’
When the Holy Spirit came upon them, they stood up and they for the very
first time preached the death, the burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He is
God's son. In Acts 2:36 says Peter said, ‘therefore let all the house of Israel
know assuredly God's made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and
Christ.’ The Scripture says those people, when they heard that message,
were pricked in the heart. They cried out, “Men and brethren what shall we
do?” The answer was very clear, “Repent and be baptized for the remission
of sins,” Acts 2:38. The Scripture tells us, ‘those who gladly received His
word,’ Acts 2:42, ‘the Lord in Jerusalem in the first century added to the
The church existed 1600 years at least before the Baptist religion. We
see that it was founded by our Lord and Savior. I want to be a part of the
church that Jesus started. Don't you? Jesus said, “I'll build my church.”
Matthew 16:18. Jesus said, “I purchased it with my blood,” Acts 20:28.
There is only one church, Ephesians 4:4. If Jesus built it, if He died for it,
and there's only one- don't you want to be a part of the church Jesus built?
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:11, “No other foundation can any man lay
except that which is laid which is Jesus Christ.”
If someone says, “So some of the characteristics, identifying marks of
the Baptist Church really don't meet with the New Testament church. Are
you saying that a person can't be saved in the Baptist Church?”
Friend I want you think about these passages with me. The Bible
says in Ephesians 5:22 that Jesus is the Savior of the body. Whose body?
John Smith’s body the Baptist? No. Whose? Jesus, the Savior of the body.
If you look in the context the body is His church. Jesus is the Savior of His
church. He is not going to save any man's church. We must be in the Lord's
church. Absolutely you must be a member of the body of Christ, the church
that Jesus died for, to be saved.
Hebrews 12:22 following teaches us that those who have their names
reserved in heaven are a part of the general assembly and church of the
firstborn. Who’s the firstborn? Firstborn over the dead according to
Colossians 1:15-19, is Jesus Christ. Don't you want have your name on
that heavenly register? Won’t it be great to stand before the throne of God
and hear these words, “Well done good and faithful servant”? To hear that
you have got to be a part of the church of the firstborn. They're the ones
who have their names registered in heaven. Then of course the Bible said
in 2 Timothy 1:10 that salvation is in Christ. How do I get into Christ? We’re
baptized into Christ, Galatians 3:27. We’re baptized into that one body, 1
If salvation is in Christ and in His body, then it is absolutely essential
that I be a part of the Lord's church.
Friend we ask you today kindly consider the things that have been
said from Scripture. Take your own Bible and search for yourself and see if
these things really true. And if they are true, we encourage you for the sake
of your soul, leave denominational error. Get out of it. Don't be a part of it.
Won't you strive simply for New Testament Christianity?
Have you heard the word of God? The Bible says to have faith you
got hear God's word. Romans 10:17 faith comes by hearing and hearing by
the word of God. Have you heard that word, committed to it? Have you
believed in Jesus? Jesus said, “Unless you believe that I'm He, you'll surely
die in your sins,” John 8:24.
Are you willing to repent? Jesus said in Luke 13:3, “unless you
repent, you will all likewise perish.” Have you turned from sin and turned to
God? Would you, just as Jesus commanded, confess Him before men?
Jesus said in Matthew 10:32-33, “if you won't confess me before men,
neither will I confess you before My Father who is in heaven.”
Would you, to get into the one body, be baptized? Peter said,
“Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins,” Acts 2:38.
We hope today that you'll study these things for yourself.
Study Questions for: “Answering Denominational Doctrine: Baptist
1. According to Matthew 16:18, what will Jesus build?
2. Is denominationalism wrong according to 1 Corinthians 10:13?
3. What are we not to have fellowship with according to Ephesians 5:11?
4. According to Acts 17:11, what are we to search?
5. What are we to prove according to 1 Thessalonians 5:21?
6. What did Jesus do for the first time in Acts 2:47?
7. According to Ephesians 3:10-11, what is the eternal plan of God?
8. According to Psalm 119:89, what is settled forever in heaven?
9. According to 2 Timothy 1:10, where is salvation found?
10. What are we baptized into according to 1 Corinthians 12:13?