Baptists – A Great Christian Religion
Baptists are part of the Reformed Church, a group of Churches which are largely accepted and conservative in regard to traditional Reformed teachings. It is a denomination that has been around for over 300 years and whose basic beliefs and practices have not undergone any changes. Baptists believe in the saving grace of God through the unearned gift of His Son. They are to be baptized only once, in the name of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus Christ is the Lord of the entire human race, all people are saved (salvation) from sin, corruption, death and everlasting punishment. Baptists believe that the Bible provides the means and the assurance for salvation.
The Baptists believe that salvation is achieved through the grace of God. The concept of predestination or free will, the doctrine of grace and election are rejected. All men are born in the grace of God. Many baptists consider themselves to be representatives of the early church fathers because they followed the teaching of the early church fathers. They follow in the footsteps of the Fathers but not as they were led. They follow the example of Christ, who was the perfect example of religious devotion.
Many modern day Baptists claim that they follow the teachings of the early church fathers, but they are really not following what they believe. The early church fathers never said that we should be baptized three times. They did teach that baptism is to be performed on the morning (in the name of Jesus) and it is also to be done with Christ in the evening, which is called Matrimony of the Lord. There is no restriction on the number of times a child must be baptized. Baptists do not hold to a doctrine of endless predestination.
The Baptist Churches has many differences from the other Christian denominations, even the Roman Catholics. The main differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist Church are that the Baptists teach that we are saved by grace through faith alone and that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works. The Protestants teach that salvation is through works. They do not hold to a doctrine of immediate salvation, which is taught by the Roman Catholics and condemned by the Baptist churches. They believe that salvation is through grace through faith. They also believe in salvation without works.
Early in the history of the Reformation, the split occurred between the English Separatists and the English Dissenters. These splitters caused the creation of two main bodies of the church in the reformed assembly: the Academie Francaise, or Academie Francais, and the English Protestant Reformation. These two groups have produced two main churches, the Baptist and the Catholic churches. These two movements have caused significant schism in the reformed assembly. The main schism is the issue of papal supremacy, which separated the parts of the assembly from each other.
The main schism in the reformed assembly was the issue of papal infallibility. Many of the Protestants, both the Catholics and the Baptists believed that the papacy, especially Pope Innocent III, was infallible and needed to be obeyed. The Catholics believed that only the Holy Spirit could give the infallible throne of Peter, which is why they excommunicated many Protestants who were considered non-believers. The Baptists do not believe this, and some of them have left the church over this issue.
Baptists differ on the doctrine of salvation. While some of them do believe that salvation is by grace through faith, most of the time they teach that salvation is by grace through love. To them, salvation is by grace through good works. Although most of the time both these beliefs are held by the majority of the baptists, there are some who teach that grace is only through faith, while the others believe that it is by grace alone. This is why the baptism is called the union of religion and salvation.
Baptists differ on the doctrine of the church and the role that women should play in the church. Although some of them believe that women should hold the same position as men, others believe that women are inferior. Some of the Baptist churches separate the bread and wine given to the body of Christ, just like the Catholic Church. Also, many of the Baptists believe that salvation is only through faith, while the others believe that it is through works. Although there are many differences between the Baptist Churches and the Christian denominations, there are also similarities, and all these are what make the Baptists a favorite of many Christians.