Many people claim to know what primitive baptists believe and profess. While some do, many base their understanding on hear-say, or what they saw somewhere in a book, article, or maybe on the internet. Quite common is heard the expression “My Uncle Jim said…”, or “My grandmother (or best friend) told me ….”. While these statements from all these people you “surely trust” seem to be so real and undeniable, the best way to find out the truth is to “come and see”.
Contrary to popular opinion, the word “primitive” actually means “original” (not old-fogey!). The original (primitive) baptists can be traced through the annals of history, using a number of names including “hardshells”, “anabaptists”,”old school baptists”, and others, to the preaching of John the Baptist…”a voice crying in the wilderness.” In the early 1800’s, the “missionaries” split off from the “regular baptists” who remain today as the “primitive baptists”, advocating the same truths that have been passed on through generations from the early days of the bible. We worship an all-powerful, unchangeable GOD. In the words of one of our popular hymns, “…and the God that lived in the olden times, is just the same today!”
One of the most commonly known attributes of primitive baptist faith is the belief that “salvation is by (the) grace (of God).” While this is a true statement and can easily be supported by the bible (Eph 2:8), it is not ALL the truth. We must be very careful in rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). The subject of salvation is the eternal salvation of a child of God, which is unconditional. That is, a work of God that man cannot control. God performs this work through His Own bountiful grace – without conditions for man to work out. There are many other salvations for which man is responsible, most of which are “conditional” on him doing, or keeping, something.
Our form of worship is simple, and new testament-based. Singing, praying, and preaching make up our worship services. Our singing is congregational and acappella. With no musical instruments, our voices blend in harmony with heartfelt lyrics that honor and glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God-called ministers, we call “Elders”, powered by the Holy Spirit, preach to us and teach us God’s holy word. Everyone is encouraged to “test for truth” what our preaching ministers say, against the scriptures of the Holy Bible. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). We do not separate children from the congregation, but worship together as families. “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 19:14)
Fellowship and outpouring of love one to another are by-products of all these services.
It is impossible to cover all primitive baptist doctrine and practice in a small document such as this, nor is that the intent. However, many of our beliefs are briefly presented in our articles of faith – along with quotes of supporting scriptures from the King James version of the Holy Bible. It is our prayer that God may bless you to see His truth in some small light, and want to learn more about Him. Please feel welcome to visit us at any of our services.
….Come and see!
…Christ has a ‘distinct’ family, and some people are not in it. “for he shall save his people from their sins…” Matthew 1:21 “I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me…” John 17:9 “the elect of God, holy and beloved…” Colossians 3:12
…we are ALL sinners, and in need of a righteous saviour. “both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;… There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3:9-11
…no one is perfect, without the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23
…we should ‘keep the law’, but not expect to be justified before God in doing so. “…by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight…” Romans 3:20
…in the doctrine of election: That God chose His people of His own mercy. “…I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy…So then it is not of him that willith, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” Romans 9:15-16
…there is not a place in the church of God for adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. “…they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
…church members are like family, and should be treated special. “…let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
…unconditional salvation is the work of God. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done…” Philemon 3:5
…’accept’ is a bible term, but man is passive in its use. “he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:6
…it is the responsibility of parents to teach their children. “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
…that our evidence of salvation is hope. “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul…” Heb 6:19
…love, one to another, is evidence that the one showing this love is a child of God (or ‘saved’ as some prefer to say) “…every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7
…God is all-powerful, omnipotent, all knowing, and can ‘do anything he pleases’. “…I will do all my pleasure…” Isaiah 46:10
…in unconditional salvation. “…for He shall save His people from their sins” Matthew 1:21
…in conditional salvation. “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” Phillippians 2:12
“Save yourselves from this untoward generation” Acts 2:40
…our eternal salvation is unconditional. “…by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” Hebrews 9:12
…to be born of God is a work of the spirit, not the result of the desires of men. “The wind bloweth where it listith, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the spirit.” John 3:8
…that man is incapable of accepting Jesus or asking Him for life of his own will. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” John 6:44
…in the predestination of people (not things…). “Having predestinated us…” Ephesians 1:5
…the Authorized King James Version of the Old and New Testament to be the only written revealed word of God and is the only perfect rule of faith and practice for God’s Church on earth.
…in the Trinity: God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as the Godhead.
…the “purpose” of attending church is to worship God, and the “prupose” of the gospel is to bring good news and comfort to God’s children.
…that baptism is the answer of a good conscience toward God. It is a symbol of obedience and the “death, burial, and resurrection” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and a “key” to “conditional salvation”. Both baptism and the Lord’s supper are ordinances of God, and observed by God’s church.
…ye must be born again, and this is the work of the Holy Spirit. A person praying for salvation is praying because he is already saved (unconditionally). If the person were not saved by the Holy Spirit, the person could not, and would not have a desire to, pray!
…the family is a very important unit of the church. The family that worships together, and prays together, stays together. This is true for both your natural family, if you are still blessed to have them, and your spiritual family – the church.
…that ministers of the gospel are men who are called by God, and taught of God. They study to show themselves approved, workmen unto God. They may be called elders or bishops. (Reverend is only used in the Bible in reference to God Himself). Churches then call their “pastors” from these elders, or bishops, as overseers and leaders of the flock.
…everyone has an important part in the church. God gives many and varied gifts to his children. No matter how little, or no matter how large your gift, it has a place in the church of our living God.
Praises to our Lord and Living Saviour……Amen.