Category: Baptist Identity

The Local Church as the Authority of Baptism

In this article by John Mann, he explores the idea of whether there can be a true church without the proper administration of the ordinances. For the Anabaptist , the atrophied doctrine among Rome, Wittenberg, and Geneva was a biblical ecclesiology. Indeed, a proper ecclesiology was the essence of the Anabaptist movement. Foundational to proper […]

A Contribution to Ed Stetzer and Lifeway Research

On my previous post concerning Article VII of the BF&M, an interesting question came to mind, “What percentage of SBC churches are practicing open communion?” Mind you, we don’t decide doctrine by statistical research, but ultimately a confession ought to represent the beliefs of those who adhere to the confession. In an effort to help […]

Landmarker or BF&M Confessional?

On other blogs and some of the comments on Wes Kenney’s recent post, there seems to be some confusion concerning what Southern Baptists have adopted as our confession of beliefs regarding baptism and the Lord’s supper. Wes dealt with this subject of baptism and the Lord’s table two years ago. The post and comments are […]

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Restricted Communion and the Opponents of Landmarkism

The following post was written for SBC Today by Ben Stratton. Ben has pastored Southern Baptist churches in Kentucky since 1998, and currently serves as pastor of the Farmington Baptist Church in Farmington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College, and is working toward a Master’s Degree at Murray State University. He […]

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It's Nothing Personal

There is a phrase that I am considering striking forever from my vocabulary. That phrase is “individual Christian.” There is nothing inherently wrong with either term, but when they come together, the result is, more often than not, absolute silliness masquerading as theology. The most recent example shows itself in the currently raging debate in […]

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