Reasons For Being A Baptist

August 10, 2012

Reasons For Being A Baptist

            Unless you have a good reason for being a Baptist you are in danger of being carried off by some wind of doctrine as it says in Ephesians 4:14-15.  “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;   But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” We need to know what we believe and why.  The following are some weak reasons for being a Baptist.

1.  My parents were Baptist so I grew up in a Baptist church.  They taught me these beliefs and, I guess I never found any good reason for changing my beliefs.

2.  Some people from a Baptist church came by my house at a time when I was troubled and distressed.  They were kind to me and met my need.  They invited me to their church.  When I went they showed me love.

3.  I’m a Baptist because the people in one of their church gave me food and clothing when I was without work.  I was thankful for what they did for me.  I have stayed with them because I’m sure they will help me again if I ever need it.

4.  I’m a Baptist because the pastor always gives me good advice when I have to make important decisions.  He always takes time for me.

5.  I’m a Baptist because I like the songs they sing and the way they sing them.  I also like the way they conduct their worship services.

All of these may be reasons why you find yourself in a Baptist church, but they are not good reasons for keeping you there.  As soon as you find another type of church that offers more of what you want, you may go there.

My reason for being a Baptist is, first of all, because they have the reputation of being the group that is most allied to biblical teaching.  I want to know and do the will of God.  I need the support of other believers who feel the same way.  In Baptist churches I most often find believers who have high respect for the Word of God and are trying to put it into practice.

Another reason I have for being a Baptist is that they have a history of being faithful followers of Christ, even in times of persecution.  They weren’t fanatics when they paid the extreme sacrifice of their own lives to stay true to their faith in Christ and in the Bible.  They were champions in fighting for and winning religious liberty.  If we aren’t willing to follow their example in promoting and defending biblical truth, we may lose the liberty we have.

Unfortunately not everything that goes under the name Baptist is biblical.  In our day there are those who call themselves Baptists, but what they are teaching and practicing is not what our Baptist forefathers believed and practiced.  Some have been carried away on the winds of culture.  They are more concerned about offering people what they want and not what they need.  That which will draw a crowd takes precedence over what is biblical or Christ like.  Their churches are filled with weak, worldly Christians.  I don’t feel comfortable in their churches.

I want to make it clear that I don’t think Baptists are the only ones who are going to heaven or that only Baptists will be included in the Bride of Christ.  I know some dynamic Christians who are not Baptists.  I have good fellowship with them and I wish them God’s best.  If you are in a church that consistently preaches and teaches God’s Word and encourages believers to be obedient to God’s commands, don’t leave it.  If you aren’t happy with your church, I encourage you to look for a good Baptist church.  Be selective.  As I said, not all that goes under the name Baptist is biblical and God honoring.  You will need discernment.  God has promised to give it to us in Hebrews 5:14.  “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

May I remind you that you will never find a perfect church because they are composed of imperfect people.  The best we can do is seek out the church in our community that we believe most accurately and consistently preaches and teaches God’s Word.  If it so happens that it isn’t a Baptist church, so be it.  That’s where you belong.

 

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