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Things I Learned From The Baptist Church

I was a member of the Baptist Church at one time, and this is what I learned.

(1) The Baptist church told me baptism doesn’t save men but God says it does.
1Pe 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us . . . . There it is in black and white. Baptist church says it does not; but God says yes it does.

(2) The Baptist church told me I was saved by “grace alone” but the Bible names about twenty other things that saves us along with grace; therefore “grace alone” cannot possibly be true; and if it is not the truth, it’s a lie.

(3) The Baptist church told me I was saved by “faith only” but the Bible says “NOT by faith only” (Jas 2:24). How can a man be saved by “grace alone” and “faith only”? The Baptist says “faith only” and God says “NOT BY FAITH ONLY”.

(4) The Baptist church told me “once saved always saved” and they got really mad when I asked them; in innocence; to show me in the Bible where it says that. I was really excited about the guarantee of heaven and wanted to read it for myself, and also show it to others. What a letdown that was when I found out it isn’t so. Jesus said people had fallen, and were lost (Rev 2:5). The apostle Paul said it was possible for him be lost (1Co 9:27). Paul said others could fall (Gal 5:4). The apostle Peter told us how to keep from falling (2Pe 1:10).

(5) The Baptist church told me I must (tithe) give 10% to be pleasing to God; and passed the plate every time the door was open; but God left it up to me as I purposed in my heart (2Co 9:7); and to give on Sunday (Lords day) and there is no New Testament percentage to giving. We are taught not to be stingy and God loves cheerful giving, but to teach a percentage is error and false doctrine.
2Co 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2Co 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

(6) The Baptist church told me I could take the Lord’s Supper (communion) every once in a while but the Bible example is on the first day of the week; and since each week has a first day we know to take it each first day of the week (Sunday); each Sunday and every Sunday.

(7) The Baptist church also told me if I wanted to be a member of the church they would have to vote to let me in. They stood me in front of the congregation and said a few things about my sinful past; but that was all over and done with and I had been saved already (before baptism) and if there were no objections I could “join the Baptist church”. But the Bible says the Lord is the one who adds people to the church. The Baptist said they would add me to the church after they voted on it; but the Lord is the one who adds the saved to the church:
Act 2:47 . . . . And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
There it is in black and white The Lord adds the saved to the church. He is the saviour and He adds the saved to the church; therefore the Baptist doesn’t have one thing to do with who is added to the church and God has never said . . . . . . for us to “JOIN” anything.

(8) Now, this is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. The Baptist church assured me I was saved when I wasn’t; told me to repeat a so called “SINNERS PRAYER” and sent me off in the “WRONG DIRRECTION” away from the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. His blood was shed in His death and we contact that blood when we are baptized into his death.
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Hundreds and thousands and hundreds of thousands think everything is OK when it is not. They think their sins have been forgiven when they haven’t been. They will not read and study their Bible and will not change having deluded themselves into believing a lie (2Th 2:11).

I know there are some Baptists reading this who are disagreeing; calling baptism a “waterdog salvation”. Let’s ask you to read 1Peter 3rd chapter beginning in the 18th verse through the end of the chapter; see what you think. Again that’s 1Pe 3:18-22. See for yourself what those 5 verses say.

By Tom Wade

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