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Southern Baptist Quirks
« on: Tue May 06, 2014 - 17:26:26 »
I'm still on the roll at a Southern Baptist Church somewhere.   I don't know if my letter was moved elsewhere so I'm unsure about which one.  Anyway...

I have surely emphasized how the Churches of Christ emphasize water baptism but I have found that there are Southern Baptists who also put a great emphasis on water baptism.   Years ago my family visited a Southern Baptist congregation and filled-out a visitor card on which we noted that we were interested in membership.   The Senior Pastor visited us and told us we would have to be re-baptized at their church by a Southern Baptist minister to be accepted into membership.  That was so even though we had been baptized twice by full immersion baptism already.  Since a Baptist had not baptized us it was not considered valid.  The pastor said that he thought that this was wrong but the elders there demanded it and he could not override them.  He said that if we had membership at another SB church we could transfer by letter and it would not matter how we had been baptized as long as the other congregation had taken our membership.   Any other similar experiences?

I know of a local Southern Baptist congregation whose pastor has never gone to classes at a SB Bible college or seminary.   He has a degree from Rhema Bible Institute and had some classes at Oral Roberts University.   He got a sponsorship from a Southern Baptist Church in another state and they sponsored him to be ordained.  His home state would not ordain him or recognize his degree from Rhema. 

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Re: Southern Baptist Quirks
« Reply #1 on: Tue May 06, 2014 - 18:06:18 »
This is because we are a convention...not really an association but a convention of people who agree on particular things.

This ain't one of them things.

But the importance of full immersion baptism is something I hear ad nauseum at times.

But as a life long SBC I can tell you that what you are experiencing is simply a quirk of the particular church you are trying to join. Another congregation in the SBC will treat you differently. And the more that particular theological persuasions try to influence the SBC to recognize them as being legitimate (calvinists or charismatics) the more some of the SBC affiliated churches will try to differentiate themselves with what few rituals and ordinances they can. The pail of orthodoxy at an SBC Church rather wide till it comes to Baptism and the Lord's Supper or being a Deacon or calling a Pastor or even some Sunday School Teachers. Even who can be called upon to lead prayer or music can cause a rift.

I seen once where the group (praise band) was leading singing and when a woman alone began to lead the singing everyone in the congregation (although we all were standing) kept silent till she was through with the song that we ALL knew by heart.

Individual congregations make their own rules and regulations and are not subject to authority by anyone. Even the head pastor is just a hired hand and not really making the rules. It just appears that way at times. Everything is voted upon by the whole congregation...everything.

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Re: Southern Baptist Quirks
« Reply #2 on: Tue May 06, 2014 - 19:29:28 »
Sounds more like Landmark Baptists than any SBC church I've ever heard of.

But of course, SBC churches are autonomous, and you will find some quirky rules and practices there, just like anywhere else.

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Re: Southern Baptist Quirks
« Reply #3 on: Wed Nov 05, 2014 - 21:05:39 »
                  I heard that Freewill Baptists insist on re-baptizing those who were baptized for remission of sins, because they consider those baptisms as invalid.

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Re: Southern Baptist Quirks
« Reply #4 on: Fri Nov 14, 2014 - 08:52:54 »
It's sad that our churches don't recognize each other. Would Christ want this?