ADD-14 - Baptist Denomination (Part 2)
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ANSWERING DENOMINATIONAL DOCTRINES
“Is there any word from the Lord?” Jeremiah 37:17
Jesus taught us very clearly that He is the author of eternal salvation
to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:8-9.
I want to love God, and I want to keep His commandments just as
Jesus taught in John 14:15. To do that sometimes it is necessary to oppose
error. Jude tells us we must contend earnestly for the faith, Jude verse
three. We must have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness;
rather we have got to expose them.
In answering denominational doctrine this series, we’re looking at the
second part in a lesson examining the Baptist denomination.
Friend our purpose is simply to ask, “What does the Scripture say?”
Jeremiah 37:17. We want to ask, “What does God say on the matter?”
As we think about these things and look at the core beliefs of the
Baptist denomination, all we ask of you is to you get out your Bible with us.
As you hear the things or maybe you know these things already that are
taught and believed by this group, won't you get out your Bible with us? Do
like the noble Bereans. Don't you love the Bereans? Acts 17:11, “They
were more noble.” Why? They didn't turn their ear away. “They searched
the Scriptures daily to see if what was being said was true to the will of
God.” Won't you do that with us today? Search your own Bible. Test what's
being said and prove all things, 1 Thessalonians 5:21. Don't believe it
because any man said it. Believe it because God in the Scripture teaches
that to be true.
Last lesson we notice some identifying characteristics of the Lord's
church that the Baptist religion cannot meet. The Lord’s church was started
in Jerusalem. It was started by Jesus. It was started in the first century and
that soul authority is the Bible.
Today we want to look at some of the various teachings of the Baptist
religion and see if these lineup with New Testament teaching.
First we want to look at what the Baptist believe and teach in their
manual. Can a church leave out certain requirements of the gospel and still
be a church that is pleasing to God?
The Baptist standard, Baptist manual on page 12 under note number
one says, ‘A body of Christian disciples may fail to meet some of the
requirements of the gospel and still be a true church of Christ.’ Does that
sound like what Jesus is teaching us? Can a band of Christians leave out
some requirements of the gospel and still be a true church? If that's true,
which could you leave out? Which would you have to include? What's
essential and what's not essential? There's so much left open with that
statement. The main problem is the Scriptures teach if we leave out any of
the requirements of the gospel, we’re no longer pleasing to God. The
gospel is the good news of Jesus. The gospel contains the life and
teaching of Christ, but also at its core is what Jesus did- his death, burial,
According the 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, we must obey the gospel of
Jesus Christ. To the churches in Revelation in Asia Minor Jesus said over
and over again in Revelation 2 and 3 ‘to him that has ears to hear let them
hear,’ and then He would tell those congregations what they weren’t doing.
They were about to lose their hope. They needed to get right. These were
people who left out some of the course of the gospel. Jesus didn't say it
was ok to do so. Jesus said, “Repent or perish.” This shouldn't come as
anything new to us for Jesus said this in Matthew 7:21. Jesus said, “It’s not
everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” It is not just enough to
say ‘Lord, Lord.’ If you don't do what Jesus said, Jesus said “You're not
going to make it to heaven.” This passage teaches us that it's not okay to
leave things out. I got to check carefully and make sure I've done what the
Lord says. John 14:15 Jesus said, ‘If you love me keep my
We need to make sure though that we don't add to or take away.
Here's the major problem. Many times because of what happened in the
past or because of what family members have believed, we sometimes
change things a little. Let's hear what God said. Revelation 22:18-19 the
Scripture says, ‘For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the
prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to these things God will add to him
the plagues are written in this book. And if anyone takes away from the
words the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part in the Book
of Life, from the holy city, and from the things that are written in this book.”
Is it okay to leave out certain things? No. You cannot have certain things
left out. You cannot add things. I've got to do exactly what God says. If I
want to be right with God, I can't leave out certain teachings about the
gospel and be a true New Testament church.
2 John 9 says “Whoever transgresses and goes beyond the doctrine
of Christ, he doesn't even have God as his father.” 1 Corinthians 4:6 we’re
told don't go beyond that which is written. God has given us His word. That
word is simple to read, Ephesians 3:4. It's meant to say exactly what the
words teach. It is not hard. God is not going to try to confuse me.
As I think about problems with the Baptist religion, any group that
says you can leave out certain things about the gospel and still be a New
Testament church, friend that's just not taught in the Bible. God tells us to
search to prove and to do exactly what He says in His word.
In Mark 16:16 Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized will be
saved.” That's a very clear and plain teaching of the Lord in the New
Testament. Baptist doctrine teaches quite the opposite of that. Baptist
doctrine teaches that baptism is a good command of Christ to follow, but
not essential to salvation. The Baptist manual says ‘baptism is not essential
to salvation for our churches utterly repudiate the dogma of baptismal
regeneration.’ But it is essential to obedience since Christ has commanded
it. Listen those words again, ‘Baptism is not essential to salvation,’ that's
the standard Baptist manual page 20 and 21 note number eight. Anybody
can look and see for themselves. They clearly believe and teach this. What
does the Scripture say? Does the Scripture say baptism is not essential to
salvation? Listen to what Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized will
be saved.” To be saved I must, I absolutely must, be immersed in water for
the forgiveness of sins.
Now I want you think for just a moment about what Peter said in Acts
2:38. Listen to the words of Peter. Here's the context. Peter for the very first
time has stood up with the 11. They have proclaimed Jesus as Lord and
Messiah. The people who hear it are cut to the heart. They cried out, “Men
and brethren what shall we do?” The answer is clear. Notice Acts 2:38. The
Scripture says then Peter said to them, “Repent and let every one of you be
baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” What did Peter say? Did Peter say you
don't have to do anything to be saved? Did Peter say ‘don’t worry about
baptism right now, it's not essential’? No! Peter said, “Repent and be
baptized.” Why? “For the remission of sins.”
Friend listen carefully. The Scriptures teach that we've all sinned,
Romans 3:10. There is none righteous, Romans 3:23 all have sinned.
Because of that sin, we've been separated from God. Ezekiel 18:4 “the soul
who sins shall die.” I've sinned. You’ve sinned. That sin causes spiritual
death. If something's not done, man will be lost due to sin.
If sin is what causes us to be lost, then the point at which sins are
forgiven I can know is the exact time when man is saved. “Repent and be
baptized for the remission of sins.” God made it clear that baptism is for the
removal of sin.
Acts chapter 9 Saul is traveling down the road to Damascus. He's
been doing harm to the Lord and harm to His church. Jesus confronts him.
“Who are you Lord?” “I'm Jesus whom you're persecuting. Go in to the city
to be told you what you must do.” Acts 22 opens up Paul is recounting this
vision these events that occurred. The Bible says Ananias comes to him
and says ‘Why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized,’ and listen, ‘and
wash away your sins calling on the name the Lord.’ Baptism is essential to
salvation. We do not believe there is something mystical or magical in the
water. The water is just water. It is essential that I do what God said.
Colossians 2:12-13 says ‘at the point of baptism the work takes place in the
mind of God, who takes a sinner, who's done His will and cleanses him in
the blood of Jesus, and places him among the saved.’ The idea baptismal
regeneration that's not what is taught in Scripture, but we do have to be
baptized to keep the commands of God. It is simply this, ‘God said it, I do it.
I have kept the commands of God.’ It is no different than the believing. It's
no different than repenting of sin. It's something I've got a do.
You can't get much clear than the teaching of Peter in 1 Peter 3:21.
Listen to the plain language of this verse. The Scripture says, “There is also
an anti-type,” listen, “which now saves us, baptism not the removal of the
filth of the flesh but the answer of a good conscience toward God through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Could God have said it any clearer if he
wanted to? King James says, “Baptism does now also save us.” If the Bible
says ‘baptism now saves us’ then friend how dare anyone say baptism isn't
essential to salvation! And yet, that's the very thing that the standard
Baptist manual says. The majority of Baptist preacher's will preach and that
the those who make up the Baptist religion believe that all you got do to be
saved is believe in Jesus and say the sinner’s prayer. Friend that's just not
true. The Scriptures teach baptism is absolutely essential unto salvation.
Another doctrine that we must consider about the Baptist religion has
to deal with the Lord's Supper. Baptist believe that the Lord's Supper is a
command of which the time of the frequency have been completely left up
to the Baptist manual. It says ‘as to the time, place, and frequency of the
ordinances know scriptural directions are given these are left optional with
the churches. They’re usually observed on Sundays, but not necessarily as
to the supper. Our churches have very generally come to observe it on the
first Sunday of each month.’
Friend understand this command when and understand how God has
authorized us to partake of the Lord's Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:21 through
the end the chapter teaches us that we're to do this as often as we eat or
drink we remember the Lord's death until he comes. We’re to do it in the
manner that Jesus set forth as found in Scripture. What is that manner?
Acts 20:7 gives us an example of how Christians did that in the first
century. Listen to the words of Acts 20:7. The Scripture says, “Now on the
first day of the week when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul
registered to depart the next day spoke to them and continued his message
until midnight.” Now here's an example of Christians partaking of the Lord's
Supper, “They came together to do what Jesus said, ‘Eat, drink partake of
this until I come,’” 1 Corinthians 11. Matthew 26, Well when did they come
together? They came together on the first day of the week. God says the
day first day the week and that's all it says. And thus, every first day of
every week that rolls around God expects us to remember the Lord's
Now think about the Sabbath. Exodus 20:8, God said to the people
‘Remember the Sabbath. Keep it holy.’ They knew every Sabbath that
rolled around they were to remember that. Just as God wants remembered
weekly in the New Testament. When God said, ‘First day of the week,’ that
settles it. Every week has a first day. I'm to remember the Lord's Supper
every first day the week. This really isn't hard to understand. Confusion
among denominationalism, those who of wrote other ideas and prejudice
and bias, have confused it.
I want you to see today that in a similar command men have no
problem understanding this. Look in your Bible in 1 Corinthians 16 the
Scripture says now concerning the collection for the saints, ‘As I given
orders to the churches of Galatia so you must do also,’ listen, ‘on the first
day of the week that each one of you lay something aside storing up as he
may prosper that there be no collections when I come.’ Anywhere you go in
any religious group, they're going to pass the plate every Sunday. Why?
The same language that authorizes this and it does, 1 Corinthians 16:2
authorizes the Lord's Supper on the first day the week. How can we can
understand on the first day the week lay something by, lay up, and store-
and yet we can’t understand on the first day the week we meet together to
break bread? Friend there's a big contradiction in that. God intended
among His people for them to remember the Lord's Supper every first day
of the week. Not just first Sunday of the month, not Christmas and Easter.
God told us exactly how to worship Him through the Lord's Supper.
Baptist also believe to become a part of their church you have to be
voted in. For example the Baptist manual shockingly said, ‘it is most likely
that in the apostolic age when there was but one Lord, one faith, and one
baptism and no differing denominations existed. The baptism of a convert
by that very act can constitute him to be a member of the church and at
once and doubt him with all the rights and privileges of full membership. In
that sense baptism was the door into the church. Now it's different and
while the churches are desirous of receiving members, they are wary and
cautious that they do not receive unworthy person. The churches therefore
have candidates come before, them make their statement, give their
experience, and then there is reception is designed it decided by vote of
the members and while they cannot become members without baptism,’
listen, ‘yet it is the vote of the body which admits them into the fellowship
on receiving baptism.’ I want you to stop thinking about the idea of voting
for just a minute. Think about that for statement. ‘It is most likely the case
that in the apostolic age in the New Testament when there is only one, Lord
one faith, one baptism, and one church. No differing denominations
existed.’ Baptism put one into the church. Even the Baptist right there admit
that. Friend that's clear teaching. The little words ‘now it's different,’ and I
asked why is it different now? Has God changed? No! Malachi 3:6. Has
Jesus changed? No Hebrews 13:8. What's changed? The word of God
hasn’t. We need to go back to what God says and simply be a New
Is it okay to vote somebody into the church? Where does the Bible
authorize people deciding on someone's membership inside a religious
group? Friend you can read your Bible frontward, backward and you'll
never find that! Acts 2 when people hear the word when that word pricks
their heart, when they repent and are baptized for the remission of their
sins the Bible says, “And the Lord added to the church daily those are
being saved,” Acts 2:47. Man has no right, no power. How pious and
prideful it is when we think we have the right to vote men in or out of the
Lord's church! Let's realize you don't vote people in. When people obeyed
God's plan of salvation, we need simply just be Christians. Nothing more
nothing less and obey the will of God.
Baptist teaching on salvation is also in conflict with the New
Testament. The most well-known and respected Baptist preacher Billy
Graham will often say that you need to number one admit your sin, that you
need to believe in Jesus, that he died for you and be willing to turn your life
over to Him, and then throughout this century he has encouraged people
through prayer invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life. Here's
that prayer. He often says ‘Dear Lord Jesus I know that I'm a sinner. I need
your forgiveness. I believe that you died for my sins. I want to turn from my
sin. I now invite you to come into my heart and life, and I want to trust and
follow you as Lord and Savior.’ That's often known as the Sinner’s Prayer.
Billy Graham has promoted that a long time. You know what is amazing?
You cannot find that prayer or any prayer like it anywhere in the New
Testament! That's exactly right. You can search from Genesis 1:1 from
Matthew 1:1 all the way through Revelation 22:1 and you will never one
time not even once find that prayer in the New Testament. Think about this.
If Billy Graham has taught for centuries and multitudes of Baptist preachers
have taught to be saved you need to say the sinner’s prayer and it's not
even in the Bible, where is the authority for that? You just don't find that in
What do you find? You find people being told to hear the word,
Revelation 2 and 3, Romans 10:17. You find people being encouraged to
believe in Jesus, Acts 8:36-39. You find people who are told to repent or
turn from sin, Acts 3:19. You find people who are told ‘believe and be
baptized to be saved for the remission of sins,’ Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1
Peter3:21. In the Bible there is no sinner’s prayer anywhere in Scripture.
Why would you want to put your trust in a made up by men and sinner’s
prayer? We must oppose the idea because it's not found in Scripture.
But Baptist also will offer misguided examples of salvation like that of
the thief on the cross. For example Baptist believe that the Bible teaches
baptism they will say is important, but not necessary for salvation. For
example they will say the thief on the cross experience salvation without
the necessity of baptism. What about the old thief? Luke 23:39-43 the thief
in penitents turned to Jesus and said ‘Lord remember me when you come
in your kingdom.’ Jesus to that thief said, ‘This day you will be with me in
paradise.’ Now here's how the argument goes, the thief was never baptized
and the thief was saved- therefore I don't have to be baptized to be saved.
Wait just a minute now! What law was the thief living under what I know
according to Hebrews 9:15-17 that a testament is in force after a man is
deceased. Was Jesus dead yet? No, Jesus is still alive on the cross. He's
not dead yet. His gospel not been preached yet, and so both Jesus and the
thief at that moment are under the Old Testament.
Why is the thief not an example of salvation? Number one he was
living under a totally different covenant then we are. If anything, he's an
example of Old Testament salvation. But you know the major problem with
this doctrine- the thief was never baptized? When we find that in Scripture,
prove that. How do you know the thief was baptized? John chapter 3,
Matthew chapter 3, I believe as well in Luke chapter 3, all Jerusalem,
Judea, and all regions roundabout went out to John to be baptized. The
fact when someone says ‘the thief was never baptized’ is an absolute
assumption that can neither be proven nor disproven. The thief is not a
good example of salvation.
Instead you know what we ought to do? We should look to good
examples- those who heard God's word, those who believed, those who
repented of sin, and those who were immersed into Jesus Christ.
Let's use first century examples. Acts 2 they were told ‘repent and be
baptized for the remission of your sins.’
Friend may we oppose that which is ungodly, that which is Baptist
doctrine and not teaching of the New Testament, and may we only asked
for a ‘Thus saith the Lord.’
May God help us as we strive to do only His will.
Study Questions for: “Answering Denominational Doctrine: Baptist
1. What great question is asked in Jeremiah 37:17?
2. What does Hebrews 5:8-9 say about Jesus?
3. According to Acts 17:11, what made the Bereans more fair-minded?
4. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:21, what are we to do?
5. What must we do according to 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9?
6. Who will go to heaven according to Matthew 7:21?
7. If we love Jesus, what will we do according to John14:15?
8. What does Revelation 22:18-19 say about adding to or leaving things out
of the Gospel?
9. What does 2 John 9 say of someone who goes beyond God’s doctrine?
10. According to 1 Peter 3:21, what is the answer of a good conscience
toward God, through Jesus’ resurrection that saves us?