Monday, June 18, 2012

Five Primitive Baptist Distinctives

Often people ask us where we go to church. In our experience, when we respond by saying "I attend the Primitive Baptist Church" this inevitably leads to the question - "What makes Primitive Baptist's different from all of the other types of Baptists?" In response to that important question we offer up five Primitive Baptist distinctives for your consideration:

  1.  A Successful Savior (Matthew 1:21, John 19:30)
  2.  A Secure People (John 6:37-40, John 10:28)
  3.  Immediate Holy Spirit Regeneration (John 3:8, John 5:25)
  4.  Apostolic Pattern of Worship (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16)
  5.  The Bible is God's Revelation to His People (I Corinthians 2:11-14)

To discover more about these distinctives, I would recommend that you give Elder Neil Phelan, Jr's excellent sermon on these distinctives a listen. We Primitive Baptists realize that belief in these great doctrinal truths puts us in the minority, so far as the broader evangelical world is concerned. Nonetheless these are important scriptural truths that resolve numerous questions that more popular theological systems either relegate to antinomy or otherwise inadequately explain.

Moreover, these five truths also serve to further distinguish Primitive Baptist theology from the "Calvinism" with which they are commonly and erroneously associated. To that some might say, "I'm a Calvinist, and I believe that God's people are secure." While this is true, the particulars of how that security functions is markedly different in many of the modern manifestations of Calvinism than it is in Primitive Baptist doctrine. Perhaps I can get into the specifics of how Primitive Baptists differ a little more on another blog post.

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