It is a sorry state of affairs when government tries to enforce religious belief to a certain religious group. In this case it was the Reformed church of Switzerland. We must not say from this negative experience how God and His moral law have no place in government. We need His influence today more than ever.
Conrad Grebel’s impact earned him the title “The father of Anabaptists” because of the stand he took for baptizing believers. Today, we look at men such as Grebel and understand that they have been forgotten during the era of the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage as Baptists comes from men like Grebel who refused to be mandated by the state church to baptize infants. They stood for believer’s baptism, as we do, and the gathered assembly of believers in the local church. For this cause–may we stand with Grebel. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.
By Dan Nelson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Camarillo, CA I had a discussion with someone on facebook a few months ago about believer’s baptism by immersion (a cherished Baptist belief). It became apparent we were not communicating when he didn’t understand why I shared a kinship with the Anabaptists as my spiritual ancestors, or that […]
Thursday is for Theological Terminology:
The Study of Specialized Words relating to Theology
By Ron F. Hale, Minister of Missions, West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, TN “Ordinance” With the voice of experience and the education of a scholar, Dr. W. A. Criswell shares the following definition: The word ordinance, as we use the term in the church, refers to a religious rite ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ. […]
Lessons Learned from Iraq that Apply to Ministry Anywhere:
A Southern Baptist Chaplain in Action
By Dr. Page Brooks, Chaplain for the Louisiana National Guard, Assistant Professor of Theology and Islamic Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Founding Co-Pastor of the Mosaic Church in New Orleans Throughout the Bible we see where God sometimes leads individuals into the desert to teach them some powerful spiritual lessons. Whether it […]